Control of Substances Hazardous to Health - COSHH Level 2 (VTQ)

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Chemical Spill Kits

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Chemical Spill Kits: Types and Usage Guidelines


We will explore chemical spill kits, discussing their types and proper usage.

Types of Chemical Spill Kits

  • Maintenance Kit: Contains coolants, solvents, oils, mild acids, and mild alkalines.
  • Oil Kit: Specifically for oil-type spills, suitable for oils, fuels, diesel, petroleum, and petroleum-based solvents.
  • Chemical Kit: Suitable for acids, alkaline solvents, coolants, and oils, capable of handling stronger acids and alkalines.

Importance of Correct Kit Selection

It is crucial to choose the correct spill kit for the specific job to ensure effective cleanup.

Contents of Chemical Spill Kits

Each kit typically includes:

  • Instruction Leaflet: Provides information on kit usage.
  • Protective Equipment (PPE): Essential for personal safety, including gloves, respirator, and overalls.
  • Socks: Lightweight, high-absorbency material used to contain or divert spills.
  • Mats: Specially designed to absorb chemicals; used to cover spills.
  • Disposal Bag: For collecting waste products.
  • Granules: Absorbent material sprinkled onto spills for absorption.

Usage Guidelines

When using spill kits:

  • Follow instructions carefully for effective cleanup.
  • Dispose of waste according to workplace policies.
  • Wear appropriate PPE at all times.
  • Seek assistance when handling waste products, especially for heavy items.


Dispose of waste in accordance with workplace policies and procedures.


Always prioritize safety when handling chemical spills, and ensure proper disposal of waste.