Spills Happen. Stay Prepared.

It’s time to get down and dirty and discuss one of the biggest safety issues out there: spills. Can you remember the last time you spilled something? I can. It was Friday. I spilled a full cup of water while working on a flyer for spill containment products.

Spills happen. That’s a fact. Here’s another fact: Every 8 seconds someone goes to the emergency room because of a fall.

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2009 44,920 slips/trips were reported, and 186,630 falls (to the same level) were reported. Those are just the workplace numbers. In all, 21,000 people on average will die each year due to an injury caused by a fall. The estimated annual cost of all this? A staggering $60-80 billion dollars.

$60-80 billion spent each year just because of people slipping and falling. Let’s not forget about more catastrophic spills, like oil spills. As of April 2011, the US Government Accountability Office stated that “The total cost to clean up the massive and unprecedented oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico following the Deepwater Horizon explosion (including costs to help pay for the spill’s adverse impact on businesses and individuals in the region) are yet unknown, but have been estimated in the tens of billions of dollars.” The Exxon Valdez accident in 1989 cost over $7 billion dollars.

I think you get the picture. Spills are huge, expensive hazards and the butterfly effects that results from these spills can be astronomical.  Have you had to report claims due to one of your employees falling at work? Have you had to figure out how to clean up heavy spills?

We’re here to help.

Tarheel Paper Company is your source for clean-up materials. Yes, we carry mops and cleaning chemicals, but those don’t always do the trick. That’s why we’re partnered with Spilltech to provide you with the proper sorbents to clean up the dirtiest and most hazardous of spills.

Do your employees work with an abundance of harsh chemicals? If so, having a spill containment kit on-site is an excellent way of minimizing the effects of accidental spills, and the containment kits can be customized to suit your company’s needs. We even have spill kits designed specifically for mercury spills.

If you don’t have the need for a full kit, absorbent pads, loose absorbent, and socks can be bought individually as well. There are over 350 options to choose from, from oil-only to HazMat to Universal pads. Antistat Pads are available as well.

Looking for ways to store and handle your chemicals in a safe manner to reduce the effects of spills & leaks? Pallets, workstations, utility trays, and drain plugs are available to ensure safe storage.

Prevention and planning are key to reducing the effects of spills, slips and falls. Keep your employees and the environment safe by implementing safety procedures and introducing the proper spill containment equipment to handle any emergency that arises. Call Tarheel Paper Co. today and let us help. Tarheel Paper Co., we have what you need to get the job done…safely.