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Spills in an Autobody Shop: Tips on Prevention and Safe Handling

Many waste and stormwater problems for autobody shops start with accidental spills or improper disposal of oil or other waste products. Following are some tips that will help you to avoid these problems.

1) Always use drip pans when handling any type of liquid in the shop, especially hazardous ones.

2) Use separate drip pans for each fluid to avoid mixing before recycling.

3) Always use funnels during fluid transfer.

4) Do not dispose of any hazardous substance by dumping it down a floor drain, storm drain or on to the ground. Recycle on-site with a solvent recycler or with an off-site recycler.

5) Promptly clean up spills using absorbent materials.

6) Use the least amount of water as possible when cleaning up a spill.

7) Obtain a list of emergency response contact phone numbers including the Ministry of Environment Spills Action Centre (1-800-268-6060) or (416-325-3000) Post lists of these numbers in very visible locations near storage areas.

8) Train staff in dealing with spills of all sizes and types. Make clear, explicit lists of the steps to be taken in cases of emergency. Post these lists in very visible locations near storage areas.

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