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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.

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 own 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: Without adequate protective equipment, the leak must not be tackled under any circumstances.

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/or sealing barriers to contain the leaking liquid.

Mark the scene of the accident

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

Assess situation

When the situation is under control, further measures for cleaning up the spilled liquid must be defined.

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 in accordance with the statutory provisions. Disposal depends on the liquid sucked up. Information on this can be obtained from all certified disposal companies. A temporary collection of binders containing oil, for example, 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

Füllen Sie DENSORB Notfall-Sets wieder auf und ersetzen Sie benutzte PSA, Barrieren, Bergungsfässer, etc.


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

This is how you get leaks under control!

In the event of a leak, there is not much time to think about possible measures. Any facility that uses, processes, or stores hazardous materials should have an emergency spill clean-up plan in place. In the video, our expert Tobias Authmann shows you in 10 simple steps how to get leaks under control!

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