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November 2016

How To Handle Chemical Spills & Cleanups

By | chemical spill clean up

How To Handle Chemical Spills & Cleanups

Use_HazMat_TeamFAST-ACT is designed for liquid and vapor chemical releases, but the chemicals it attacks does not need to be limited to what we traditionally think of as a chemical spill. Toxic and noxious chemicals can come from a variety of sources such as waste water, decomposition, household chemicals, and animals.

Since FAST-ACT can be applied to liquid spill or vapor release enabling Emergency Responders to utilize one system when faced with a wide variety of known or unknown chemical hazards it can be used to help with cleanup in some pretty unusual circumstances. We wanted to share a few of the most interesting situations where FAST-ACT has been used:

Dead bodies in vehicles

Unfortunately, people sometimes die in their vehicles. This can be accidental or intentional, but either way, the odors of decomposition need to be addressed. FAST-ACT Pressurized Cylinders have been used to decontaminate the odors. By dispensing FAST-ACT through this manner, the powder disseminates quickly and can flood the entire enclosed space quickly and rapidly. In addition to knocking down the odors, the FAST-ACT powder helps soak up decomposition fluid. This is probably the most unfortunate use of the product, but we are happy that this is a tool that can make this cleanup process easier for the responders.

Skunks in crawl spaces

skunked-outSkunk odors are difficult to mitigate even for restoration contractors. We often get calls about animals dying in the crawl spaces below people’s homes. An animal crawl in there dies, and the odors become strong but eventually dissipate. When it comes to a skunk, the odor can last and last. The thiol-based odor of skunk spray can linger in the air for a long time and is difficult to remove. FAST-ACT Pressurized Cylinders can be used to fog the air space of the crawl space and since FAST-ACT is made of safe metal oxides, it can be left in place to capture and neutralize the odors.


Chemicals in waste water cleanup

After natural disasters such as floods, teams of emergency responders and restoration contractors come together to help communities get back to normal. Waste water can be contaminated with a variety of pollutants, including chemicals. FAST-ACT powder has been used to soak up residual contaminated chemicals and waters to make the job site safer.

Odors in warehouses

Large open air spaces like a warehouse can sometimes be difficult to air out after a chemical release or odor event. FAST-ACT can be fogged into the air to help knock down the odors. This can be common after chemical fires or even the combustion of synthetic materials. FAST-ACT makes quick work of this smelly situation.

Illegal disposal of household chemicals

illegal-disposal-of-household-chemicalsSome of the more common uses of FAST-ACT involve people improperly disposing household chemicals into dumpsters. When these products packages fail and the liquids mix together, some very dangerous chemical concoctions can form and release vapors. First Responders arrive on the scene and have no idea what the starting chemicals are or what they have formed. This is a perfect daily occurrence type of use of FAST-ACT. A FAST-ACT cylinder can be deployed to knock down the vapors and contain and/or neutralize the liquid chemicals. These are particularly dangerous situations as illegal disposal of household chemicals into dumpster often occurs in more populated and urban areas where unsuspecting people may encounter an incident.

Decontamination of shipping containers

Decontamination of shipping containersFAST-ACT has been used to mitigate odors in shipping containers overseas. Containers that have chemical package failures or even intentional fumigants can be hard to completely clear out and neutralize. FAST-ACT can be quickly deployed to neutralize a variety of chemical compounds and flood the void spaces in filled or empty shipping containers.These are just a few of the common, but not often thought of, uses for FAST-ACT. If you have used FAST-ACT in an unusual circumstance, we would love to hear about it.





How to Handle Chemical Spills in Laboratories

By | chemical spill clean up

Chemical Spill Response Products & Procedures

The current political and world climate has forced the Emergency Response Community to take a closer look at the number of potential hazards that they may be called upon to deal with. Of particular concerns are the response to terrorist and/or chemical incidents. Depending on the type of event, responders may be faced with a myriad of challenges and onsite dangers.

With a chemical release, the situation will be immediately apparent, as numerous individuals become incapacitated in a very short period of time. These toxic chemicals will continue to pose a danger to the public as long as they persist. The goal of responding to such a situation should be to immediately get the public out of harm’s way and then to treat the hazard to minimize the risk to the general public and the emergency personnel present.

Responding to such an event typically requires identification of the agent, evacuation of exposed individuals, and mass decontamination lines to be set up in the shortest period of time possible. All of these measures are designed to limit the number of casualties from such an event. To ensure that such a situation will be handled correctly, responders nationwide conduct drills and training exercises to prepare for events of terrorism.

Chemical Spill Kit

Having the protection of a chemical spill kit within reach can assist you tremendously when you are exposed to a chemical release in your environment. In laboratories or even during a potential terrorist attack you need to be prepared for the rare compositions of hazardous and nonhazardous chemicals that could be released in various states, whether it’s a liquid or vapor chemical release. A chemical spill kit is used as a source to neutralize and decontaminate the chemical that has been released into the environment. Strategically placing your chemical spill kits in locations near or around chemicals in preparation for the event of a chemical spill is vital in quickly containing the chemical. Most laboratories and factories will have chemical spill kits that work when a chemical is spilled as a way to neutralize the chemical at play, however, these chemical spill kits can sometimes cost you valuable time when trying to combat the chemical. Traditional spill kits require you to be able to identify the chemical that has been released so you can use the appropriate compounds to counteract and neutralize the chemical, and sometimes when you are using multiple chemicals it can be a challenge to determine what to use to decontaminate the chemical. When you are working with chemicals you want to have a chemical spill kit with protective gear that can work FAST and ACT against the chemical in your environment.

Chemical spill clean up kit

Timilon offers a portable response system known as FAST-ACT (First Applied Sorbent Treatment – Against Chemical Threats) in pressurized cylinders, shaker bottles, bulk pails, or personalized protection paks. FAST-ACT can be safely applied to any liquid spill or vapor release enabling Emergency Responders to utilize one system when faced with a wide variety of known or unknown chemical hazards. FAST-ACT provides a rapid and effective way to safely neutralize toxic spills efficiently reducing life-safety threat, on-site management time, and cost. It was nominated “Invention of the Year” by the U.S. Army and winner of the “Breakthrough Award” from Popular Mechanics.

FAST-ACT (First Applied Sorbent Treatment Against Chemical Threats) is a chemical hazard containment and neutralization system for liquid and vapor chemical spills and releases. FAST-ACT powder is available in a 500-gram shaker bottle for portability and easy deployment. Wall-mounts and vehicle mounts for the FAST-ACT Shaker bottle are also available, allowing for safe and convenient storage near any potential hazards.

A range of equipment is required to ensure the safety of not only the responders but also the general public. Personal protective equipment and sensor technologies have arisen to meet the challenges presented by a chemical agent attack. Utilizing existing products, personnel can respond to a potential release, identify the agent, and ensure their individual safety. But what about the public? What types of technologies are available to immediate neutralize these toxic chemicals for safe chemical spill cleanup?

Historically, the release of chemical warfare agents was only a concern for military officials. Over the last two decades, the U.S. military has spent several million dollars on research and development efforts to provide the most effective protection against such agents. The use of these agents or other toxic chemicals in a terrorist attack has now become a realistic threat which civilian responders must now be prepared to address; whether it be a release in a subway, at a mall or any other public place. So how are these military research and development efforts being transitioned into the civilian sector?

Safe, high surface area, metal oxides are being used for their “adsorptive neutralization” capabilities as an alternative to the environmentally riskier or less effective chemical response products, expanding emergency responders and hazmat teams’ capabilities. First-Applied Sorbent Treatment Against Chemical Threats, or FAST-ACT®, is a proprietary formulation of non-toxic materials that has the ability to destroy chemical warfare agents. Additionally, FAST-ACT is effective for neutralizing a wide range of toxic chemicals. It is capable of treating frequently encountered liquid spills and vapor releases, while offering protection in the event of a chemical warfare agent release. In addition to its application to chemical warfare, FAST-ACT is also used in chemical waste disposal. It is non-corrosive, non-flammable and is also highly effective over a wide range of environmental conditions. This family of products has expanded utility for law enforcement, industrial, laboratory and public protection applications.

These products allow the Emergency Responder Community a line of protection against a wide range of toxic chemicals for themselves and the public. The delivery systems ensure the product is immediately deployable, simple to use and is capable of neutralizing a wide range of toxic chemicals quickly.

Billy Kingston a long time chemical decontamination expert at Timilon Technology, stated in his recent speech at the Deconn-Summit “The threat of terrorism will be with us for a number of years to come and as these threats continue to grow and change, products such as FAST-ACT will provide protection and ensure the safety of our responders and the communities they protect.”