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enclosed manufacturing plant with pipes and toolsOils, chemicals, and fuels are essential to any manufacturing facility, factory, warehouse, or construction site. Accidents or improper handling of these oils and chemicals can result in dangerous work environments or polluted waterways.

In order to ensure a safe work environment, it is essential to take proactive steps that prepare your facility in the event of a spill. Doing so will decrease the likelihood of a potential spill and minimize the intensity of the spill if it occurs.

Keep reading to learn how to protect your facility in 3 simple steps.

Prepare for a Potential Spill

Creating and implementing a spill control and containment plan is crucial to preventing an oil or chemical spill in your workplace. It can be difficult to know where to start, but thankfully there are organizations that offer Spill Control and Compliance Assessments to help companies create a fast, effective system for dealing with existing or potential oil spill risks.

Spill Control and Compliance Assessments will help you:

  • Comply with increasingly strict safety and environmental regulations and guidelines.
  • Provide a safe and eco-friendly work environment.
  • Save time and money using industry-leading products.

These assessments will identify potential areas of spill risk, recommend action where applicable, as well as determine the correct products necessary for each area.spill kit with doors open showing various spill control products

To be fully protected, make sure you have the essentials:

Placing the appropriate spill control products strategically, during the preparation stage, will ensure speedy spill clean up and could mean the difference between a minor spill or a major accident.

Contain and Clean Up a Spill

An important aspect of effective spill containment and clean up is using the right products for the right type of spill. Oil spills are one of the most common workplace chemical spills, but this can vary depending on your facility.

Most spill control products are tailored to certain spill types, including:

There are also universal products that can pick up most non-aggressive industrial fluids.

If you would like training on how to effectively contain and clean up a spill, our team members are happy to come to your facility and provide training sessions for your employees.

Our “common sense” approach to spill containment ensures a fast, easy, and seamless spill response. 

Reassess

After a spill is contained and cleaned up, it’s crucial to assess what happened and prepare for future spills.

This may include:

  • Identify the cause of the spill.
  • Determine how to mitigate the risk of the same spill occurring again.
  • Implement an improved spill containment and clean up plan.
  • Restock your spill kits and ensure you have all necessary spill control products.

Accidents happen, but it’s important to have a plan for when they do. If you’re not sure where to start, companies like Can-Ross can help you get there with personalized assessments, custom spill kits, and ongoing support.


Can-Ross Environmental Services Ltd. is a leading provider of spill control and containment products and assessments in Canada. Serving the most dynamic businesses in the country, we provide security and peace of mind by identifying spill risks and providing practical and effective solutions to those risks.

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About Terry Edgar

Terry Edgar is the President of Can-Ross. In this role, Terry works to develop and execute key strategic objectives and build relationships with customers, distribution partners, suppliers, and staff members. Terry has been in the industry for over two decades and has worked in all areas of the business, including manufacturing, operations, customer service, sales, sales management, and marketing. Outside of Can-Ross, Terry is an avid outdoorsman and a proud husband and father of two young boys.