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Leak emergency plan in 10 steps

Based on ISO 14001

Every company that uses, processes, or stores hazardous substances should have an emergency plan for cleaning up spilled liquids. While every emergency is different, there are some key considerations that you should always be aware of. You should ask yourself the following questions: What is the volume of the leaked liquid? What kind of liquid did you spill? What are the characteristics of the leaked liquid? Where is the location of the leak? The DENIOS 10-point emergency plan guides you safely and systematically through the leak clean-up process and will help keep your company running in the event of a spill.

How to properly tackle a hazardous material spill:

Assess danger

Assess the leak and identify the spilled fluid and potential quantity if possible. If necessary, inform the (plant) fire brigade and other auxiliary personnel. Your safety always comes first.

Put on protective equipment

Choose your appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE). If necessary, consult the operating instructions or safety data sheets. The following applies: The leak must not be tackled without adequate protective equipment.

Stop & contain leakage

Stop the leak at its source. Particular attention should be paid to gullies and water-permeable substrates, and it is essential to prevent media from entering them as far as possible! Contain the leak and prevent it from spreading further: Use DENSORB suction coils, oil booms and sealing barriers to contain the liquid.

Mark the scene of the accident

Cordon off the accident scene so that employees do not accidentally come into contact with the leak or spread it with their feet or industrial trucks.

Assess situation

Further measures for cleaning up the spilled liquid must be defined when the situation is under control.

Absorb liquid

Absorb the contained liquid using DENSORB absorbent towels and cushions.


Check if the residue is left. If necessary, decontaminate the scene of the accident and emergency personnel.

Proper Disposal

Used absorbent pads must be disposed of by the statutory provisions. Disposal depends on the liquid sucked up. Information on this can be obtained from all certified disposal companies. For example, a temporary collection of binders containing oil can take place in ASP containers.

Document Emergency

Document the deployment in a full deployment report. Inform the personnel involved, management, and, if necessary, the authorities about the accident and enable a learning process from the experiences made. Help determine the cause of the leak to correct processes if necessary, thus avoiding a repeat of the emergency.

Stock up on emergency supplies

Refill DENSORB emergency kits and replace used personal protective equipment (PPE), barriers, recovery drums, etc.


Note: The emergency plan presented is merely a standardized recommendation. If necessary, create an individual emergency plan according to your local circumstances.

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