What Is A Chemical Spill And Who Is Responsible For The Clean-Up?

A Chemical spill is defined as an uncontrolled release of a toxic chemical in liquid, solid or gas form. This is something that can happen anywhere. From your business premises up to the transportation or delivery of chemicals.

A minor chemical spill is a small confined spill that does not pose a tremendous hazard to your health. Minor chemical spills are easy to clean and decontaminate. Major chemical spills are more complex to clean and decontaminate.

In the event of a chemical spill, the individual who caused the spill is responsible for prompt and proper clean-up. Should it be a major chemical spill or the individual doesn’t have the necessary protective gear to clean up the spill, it’s time to call the experts in chemical spills, SA Zero Waste.

What type of protective gear is required when cleaning a chemical spill?

Not every spill requires the same level of personal protection. Chemical spill responders are trained to access the situation and then choose the protective gear necessary. There are different types of personal protective equipment:

Suits: Different types of suits are available for different types of situations. Some suits are reinforced with sealed seams to prevent vapours from penetrating the suit. Other suites available also have sealed seams but are not vapour tight but offer a high level of protection.
Gloves: Gloves are used to protect the hands of the individual cleaning the spill from punctures, chemicals and heat or cold.
Goggles or face shields: This is used to protect the eyes and face from chemicals that might splash onto the face as well as dust or particles that might be airborne.
Respirators: Respirators are used for respiratory protection from harmful vapours, fumes and dust. As with protective suits, there are also different respirators available that offers different levels of protection.
Boots: These boots are designed to protect the worker's feet from exposure to the chemicals and abrasive surfaces or debris.
Turnout gear: This type of gear is used by firefighters to protect the skin from extreme heat conditions.

There are many precautions that need to be adhered to when cleaning a major chemical spill. The Occupational Health and Safety Act (OSHA) aims to protect the health and safety of all employees in the workplace.

SA Zero Waste has trained employees and we are registered and fully accredited with the “Institute of Waste Management” in Southern Africa (IWMSA). Our employees undergo continuous training to ensure their safety as well as the safety of the people around them when it comes to a spill.

At sa zero waste our trucks are equipped with large quantities of spill containment and absorption products to stop the spill source and contain the spill to prevent further contamination. We have some of the best Bio-Remediation products and techniques available on the market to keep the cost to a minimum with all environmental pollution cases.

Phone sa zero waste today to clean your chemical spills.

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What Are Bioremediation Products And What Are They Used For?

Bioremediation is a process used to treat contaminated media, including water, soil and subsurface material, by altering environmental conditions to stimulate growth of microorganisms and degrade the target pollutants.

Therefore, sa zero waste believes in using bioremediation products that contain natural occurring as well as added non-native microbiology. Bioremediation works by providing these pollution-eating organisms with fertilizer, oxygen, and other conditions that encourage their rapid growth. These organisms would then be able to break down the organic pollutant at a correspondingly faster rate. Therefore, bioremediation is used to help clean up oil spills.

Bioremediation has been successfully used to clean up pollutants including crude oil, gasoline, pesticides, sewage, and chlorinated solvents used in cleaning supplies. The benefits of bioremediation include less disruption of the contaminated environment when compared to other clean - up methods.

Bioremediation can help to reduce and remove the pollution we produce, to provide clean water, air and healthy soils for future generations

Still having doubts on which spill response team to contact? Don’t hesitate. Phone sa zero waste today for your spill clean-ups.

SA Zero Waste – The best waste transportation and oil spill clean up company.

Need a licensed and qualified waste transporter?

A "waste transporter" simply means a qualified and licensed company who conveys or transfers waste between the waste generator and a waste management facility or between waste management facilities.

But with SA Zero Waste we not only transport waste but protect the environment at the same time. But transporting waste comes with a great responsibility. When dealing with an emergency spill, you require the services of a company that is professional, licensed and certified. There is no need to compromise on spill clean-ups. These situations call for a Waste transporter company that is ready to assist at any time. sa zero waste is the company of choice when it comes to spill clean-ups. There is no spill to big or small and we are available 24/7 for spill clean-ups whether they are oil spills, hazardous chemical clean-ups or a load recovery.

SA Zero Waste have got years of experience in oil clean-ups, spill management and the transportation of hazardous chemicals. Our services include:

Emergency spill response – We have  Emergency Spill Response Vehicles, Fully equipped with large quantities of spill response Material and Equipment to handle any kind of Emergency Spill.

Load recoveries -  emergency spill response Vehicles, Fully equipped with large quantities of spill response Material and Equipment to handle any kind of Emergency Spill.

Environmental Cleaning - We have access to some of the most cost- effective techniques and products available in South Africa to restore any contaminated land back to its original state. Our bioremediation products contain natural occurring as well as added non - native microbiology.

Our team of highly trained emergency spill response is available to assist you in all your Waste transportation. Phone SA Zero Waste today for your We are the waste transporters of choice.

What is Paper Pulp and How Does it Help the Environment?

Paper pulp is the raw ingredient used to make paper. The process of paper Waste Recycling involves mixing used paper with water to break it down. It is then chopped up and heated, which breaks it down further into strands of cellulose, a type of organic plant material, this resulting mixture is called pulp. It is strained through screens, which remove any glue or plastic that may still be in the mixture then cleaned, de–inked, bleached, and mixed with water. Then it can be made into new paper. The same fibres can be recycled about seven times, but they get shorter every time and eventually are strained out.

Recycling paper might seem like a small contribution to the overall problem of pollution and the environment. We need to start easing the burden on landfills. Recycling offers a boost in the economy by providing thousands of jobs and saving costs on manufacturing new goods. One main source of economic benefits resulting from recycling plastics involves a reduced cost in materials for new goods.

Recycled paper is better for the environment than virgin paper. It helps preserve forests, because it reduces demand for wood. It conserves resources and generates less pollution during manufacturing, because the fibres have already been processed once. Paper pollution is another effect of paper waste and it's a serious problem. Chlorine-based bleaches are used during production which results in toxic materials being released into our water, air and soil. When paper rots, it emits methane gas which is 25 times more toxic than CO2.

There are so many products that could be made from recycled paper.

  • Toilet Paper
  • Tissues
  • Printer and copier paper
  • Paper Towels
  • Paperboard (cereal and cracker boxes)
  • Egg cartons
  • Newspapers
  • Grocery bags

These items are to name just a few things that can be done with recycled paper. You can contact SA Zero Waste today for you paper waste management solutions.

SA Zero Waste gives back to the community.

SA Zero Waste has many services to offer. Not only do we believe in cleaning the environment from hazardous and non-hazardous materials, but we also take deep pride in supporting our community. We had the privilege to transport feed to farmers in need in the Northern Cape on the 12th and 13th on September 2019. From the SA Zero Waste Team, we would like to thank George and Chris Robertson (Logistics Manager) for suggesting this donation of feed, enabling the SA Zero Waste team to give back to the community.

The SA Zero Waste team would also like to thank our two dedicated drivers, Michael Gwala and Sibongiseni Ndlovu for taking the feed to the farmers in need in the Northern Cape.

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SA Zero Waste is the specialists when it comes to trauma and crime scene cleaning.

Crime scene cleaning specialists specialising in the sanitising and cleaning of homes, vehicles and offices after homicides, suicides, industrial accidents and other traumas. Crime Scene Clean-up is a human activity that focuses on the cleaning and or management of a particular area after a traumatic or violent incident. These services need to be done by professionals who is not only experienced in the field, but is able to offer compassion through this difficult time.

SA Zero Waste has got years of experience when it comes to delivering their specialised services when it comes to trauma and crime scene cleaning. We are experienced in this field with highly trained staff and emergency response available 24/7. At sa zero waste we believe in assisting families, co-workers as well as all people involved through this difficult time.

Fact is that after such an incident, people hesitate or do not have the courage or knowledge to handle the cleaning process themselves. Violence or unsuspected death can leave a trail of destruction when less expected, therefore proper decontamination and bio-recovery of each crime or trauma scene should be exercised to restore the area to a healthy and safe place.  Leave the hard work to sa zero waste. Let the professionals do the work for you.

Our staff are undergoes continuous training to ensure professional services at all times.

SA Zero Waste, your first choice when it comes to crime scene cleaning.


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