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What Happens to Hazardous Materials When Flooding Occurs?

What Happens to Hazardous Materials When Flooding Occurs?

Flooding has the power to create catastrophic damage. This power greatly increases when hazardous materials are involved.

Flooding has the power to create catastrophic damage. This power greatly increases when hazardous materials are involved. Unfortunately, flooding is far more likely than any of us would like to believe, as evidenced recently in Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico. Natural disasters aren’t the only cause of flooding, either. Bursting pipes can also do their fair share of damage, particularly in the winter when the weather is consistently below freezing.

No matter how remote you think your business’s risk of flooding is, it is always better to plan for the worst, especially if you use hazardous materials. When flooding occurs, flood waters can carry those chemicals downstream. The contaminated water would be dangerous to you, your employees, your community, and the environment. Not only is it un-safe, but business owners can be held liable for any contamination and its required clean-up.

You can’t really do a whole lot to prevent flooding, but you can prepare for it. An estimated $7 in losses can be saved for every $1 that is invested in preparation. The first step is to educate yourself on any and all possible risks and to make any necessary changes to your hazardous material control policies and practices. Some preparation and investment now could save you quite a bit of money and headaches in the future.

Hazardous Material Guidelines

  • Don’t over-buy, purchase only the amounts of materials that you will need.
  • Use the safest chemicals you possibly can.
  • Dispose of hazardous materials as often as possible.
  • Make sure all of your containers are waterproof and labeled properly.
  • Whenever you can, keep materials stored indoors and above flood-level.
  • Take any necessary measures to make sure your equipment won’t fall, break, or float away if flooding occurs.

Flood Safety Preparation

  • Make sure you have a spill-plan
  • Keep clean-up materials handy
  • Make sure you and your employees know what types of materials you have, as well as their potential risks and clean-up protocols.
  • Stay up to date on weather conditions so that you can be prepared for a potential flooding situation.


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