Spill Response Drum


Spill response drums should be kept in central locations within the production area, near waste storage areas, and in locations easily accessible from loading docs and parking lots. A minimum quantity of specific items that may be needed to respond should be identified and provided. The specific contents of the spill response drum will depend upon the material or materials present in the facility. For example, neutralizing agents for acids and bases should be in the kits where these materials are used and for flammable materials, non-sparking equipment is preferred for these types of packages.

The spill response drum (container) should be kept sealed so that when the seal is broke, it will provide an indicator that the contents should be inventoried and possibly replenished.

Suggested contents include:

  • 2 Pair Rubber Boots
  • 2 Pair Gloves
  • 2 Pair Safety Goggles
  • 2 Plastic (non-sparking) Shovels
  • 2 Vapor Masks
  • Spill Control Booms & Pads (Approx. 6)
  • Mop Head (use non-metal handle)
  • Non-Sparking Drum Wrench
  • Non-Sparking Pliers
  • Vermiculite, cat litter or other absorbent

Commonly employees will utilize this equipment to clean up a small spill and forget to notify someone that the supplies need to be replenished. Additionally, it is not uncommon for employees, when running short on certain supplies, to open the emergency response equipment container to obtain what they need. . For this reason emergency response equipment drums should be regularly inspected, replenished and resealed.

Environmental Regulations

According to U.S. EPA if hazardous waste is stored at the facility, emergency response equipment is required to be provided.

Depending on the type of material spilled and the volume will depend on whether the incident must be reported to U.S. EPA at the National Response Center (800)424-8802, local fire department, local emergency planning committee, and the state environmental or state fire marshal