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Spill Response

The LCM Environmental Group Are a Leading Expert in Spill Response Services.

We have a wide variety of clients covering private and public sectors ranging from SMEs to international organisations including local authorities, manufacturers, distributors, utility companies, building companies, loss adjusters, insurance companies, COMAH sites and oil refineries. 

Liquids we have cleaned up include: 

  • Fuel Oils (diesel, petrol, kerosene)
  • Heavy Fuel Oil (HFO)
  • Potentially lethal toxic substances e.g., Cyanide
  • Extremely strong acids e.g., Sulphuric Acid
  • Extremely strong alkalis e.g., Sodium Hydroxide
  • Highly oxidising/explosive chemicals
  • Foodstuffs e.g., milk, beer, cream, glucose
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For spills of less hazardous materials e.g., petrol, it is important to undertake a thorough spill clean-up to take away any fire hazards and slip hazards.

Simply putting granules/absorbents on the spill is unlikely to take away the fire and slip hazard and so the area will need to be thoroughly and safely decontaminated before it can be classed as a safe environment. 

Health & Safety Concerns

In the event of a spill the most crucial factor to consider is health and safety. Oils and chemicals can pose major health and safety risks through skin/eye contact and through inhalation of the fumes they give off, many oils and chemicals will be flammable and as a minimum can cause a slip hazard. 

It is essential that spills are cleaned up as quickly as possible by personnel with the correct Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and Respiratory Protective Equipment (RPE) for the task and with a thorough understanding of the risks the spilt material poses. Before we attend to the spill, we will consult a Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) to ensure we fully understand the risks the spilt material poses and can make appropriate provisions to protect our spill responders against them. 

For high risk e.g., toxic substances it is essential to ensure that where materials have been spilt a comprehensive clean-up is undertaken to remove any hazardous residues. We can clean up high-risk spills using hazmat suits and where necessary self-contained breathing apparatus to allow us to clean up substances safely without endangering our personnel and leaving the site safe for yours.  

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Environmental Concerns

In both cases, you open yourself up to potential prosecution and extremely expensive remediation costs under the polluter pays principle.

It is therefore essential in the event of a spill that professional assistance is utilised to ensure the clean-up is as quick, efficient, and thorough as possible. If a spill has reached controlled waters or unmade ground, we are UK Spill Association accredited to carry out spill clean-up work for surface water contamination, groundwater contamination and contaminated soils.

Our spill response service will follow the source–pathway–receptor model to ensure that we do not only clean up the visible contamination but also investigate if the spill has managed to escape the site or contaminated the ground allowing us to carry out a thorough spill response.

  • We have experience in liaising with regulators such as the EA (Environment Agency), NRW, SEPA, local sewerage undertakers and the insurance industry; if you would prefer us to liaise with the regulators on your behalf over the course of a spill, we are more than happy to do so. 

With our specialist team, we can advise and guide you through what is necessary for a compliant and safe solution. 

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Operational Concerns

Spills on site can majorly disrupt site operations; areas or whole sites may have to be evacuated or cease activities whilst the spill response is conducted. 

Our spill responders endeavour to ensure the spill clean-up is conducted as quickly and efficiently as possible to get your site back to normal and site activities running as usual. 

Where spill clean-ups need to be conducted to deadlines, we can prioritise decontaminating certain areas first or deploy a larger team to ensure the spill is completed within set time frames. 

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