- Separate storage areas: this is to mainly avoid cross-contamination between different types of products, which can alter their original chemistry and properties. It is also a recommendation that could help in case of fire spreading as flammable sources are kept separate.
- Spill containment: product spillage can be caused by improper handling and damaged containers and can represent a safety hazard for the user, the infrastructure, and even the environment. A leaky lubricant could cause slippery floors and increase the chances of slips, trips, and falls, which is already a leading cause of workplace accidents in the agricultural industry. Moreover, it could contaminate other materials stored in the area, damage property around it, and generate hazardous waste. Spill containment measures such as trays or secondary containment systems could help avoid these issues. However, if a spill has already happened, make sure to ventilate the area to prevent toxic fumes inhalation. Spillage should be collected based on the recommendations provided for each product. For example, our UNITEK™ 5000 SAE 0W-40 CK-4 Synthetic can be cleaned using inert solids (clay, diatomaceous earth), but for ULTRACTION™ SSL Synthetic, we recommend non-combustible absorbent materials.
- Pour carefully: using clean, dry funnels, dispensers, and pumps can help you transfer lubricants and oils, reducing the risk of spills and waste. Funnels are vital when pouring, so choose one with a wide opening and a narrow spout for better precision; flexible spouts allow you to reach tight or awkward spaces, making pouring lubricants into hard-to-reach reservoirs easier. You can also use an anti-splash funnel, which includes features like a screen or a mesh to prevent splashes and debris from entering the container. This is especially useful when transferring lubricants with additives or contaminants.Some containers already have built-in spouts and nozzle caps, so you can always count on these to make your process easier. Just make sure these parts are well-attached and in good condition to avoid accidents! Finally, ensure you use stable surfaces when pouring and keep the stream slow and steady to prevent overflow or spillage.
- Dispose adequately: chemicals like the ones present in lubricants and oils can cause severe harm to the soil and sources of water around your farm. Hence, disposing of these materials through sewage systems or dumping grounds can disrupt the ecosystem, even if the disposal site is far from your location. The best course of action is always to research local collection centers, automotive service shops, or local government programs that accept used oils. Many automotive parts stores also offer oil recycling services, so you can also inquire about collection schedules or drop-off locations accordingly. During storage, make sure to label the containers clearly as “Used Oil” to prevent confusion; then, you should transport it to the authorized collection center or recycling facility in tightly sealed containers to prevent spills. Avoid mixing residues and substances to ensure a clean recycling and/or disposal cycle. Most importantly, always follow any local, state, or federal regulations on the matter.
- Spill Kits: keep spill kits on hand containing absorbent materials, gloves, and appropriate tools to handle spills quickly and effectively.
- Emergency Contacts: have emergency contacts readily available, including local authorities, environmental agencies, and spill response services.
- Fire management: given the high flammability of most lubricants and oils, appropriate fire response training and learning are crucial to dealing with any fire caused by these materials. A vital point that should apply is to always, ALWAYS review the safety recommendations of the OEM for each specific product, especially those related to emergencies. To put an example, if a fire starts and gets in contact with spills from our TUTELA® Diesel Fuel Winter Treatment, you can use carbon dioxide, dry chemical, and foam extinguishers, as well as sand and water spray as alternatives to put it out. However, if the flammable source is our TUTELA® Spindle Cleaner, you only get the first three options, and sand or water sprays will not be of use.
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