Imagine coming across this in your workplace: a significant spill trailing across a major walkway into workstations. What sort of hazards do you see from this?
There’s the obvious, this spill can easily make someone slip and hit the hard concrete. Now consider that this spill is fuel and nearby welding work is being done. There’s a risk for fire and/or and explosion. What if this is a chemical spill and it is releasing vapors into the air? Suddenly, workers’ respiratory tracts may be irritated, or they might even collapse.
Spills in the workplace have the potential to be anything from a headache to a tragedy. No matter the location of the spill, it has the potential to devastate the business. It’s critical that the cause of the spill is investigated, and substance spill is known. That way, you know whether someone should get a mop and bucket, or if everyone should vacate from the area.