ASCIS Compliant Spill Kits

Published in November 2019, ASCIS2695 set out the appearance, labeling, packaging and performance requirements for all spill kits manufactured and old in Australia.

All absorbents in this range have had independent 3rd party laboratory testing to BS7959-1 in order to guarantee sorbent performance.

All spill kits in this range are fully compliant with the Australian Industry Standard AS2695.

After a long period of research and working closely with mobile bin manufacturers, it was determined that lime greens bins are not currently being used for any purpose in Australia. This presented an opportunity to the spill control industry to have a unique colour so that users can quickly differentiate a spill kit from a refuse bin. The requirement for a lime green bin body is covered in Section 5 of ASCIS2695.

Section 5 goes on the state the requirement for identifying the different types of spill kits through the use of colour coded lids. White lid for Oil Only, grey for General Purpose and yellow for Hazchem.

Section 6 of ASCIS2695 sets out the terminology to be used to describe the application of a spill kit. It is broken down into 3 categories; General Purpose, Hazchem and Oil & Fuel Only.

Minimum font size of identifying labels is covered in section 7 of the standard. It states that the primary spill kit descriptors must be in clear 50mm high capitals against a contrasting background.

One of the most important aspects of the standard is the requirement that all sorbent components of a spill kit are submitted to an independent AusSpill approved laboratory to test sorbents to BS7959-1, “Materials used for the control of liquid spillages, Determination of Sorbency”.

Because of the lack of regulation in the area of spill response and control, many operators have been artificially inflating the sorbent capacity of their spill response kits. As well as being contrary to consumer laws, it made it impossible for consumers to be able to compare different brands of spill kits. This lack of transparency also put spill kit users in the position of not being able to address a chemical spill effectively. Failure to clean up chemical spill can lead to significant fines from both environment and safety regulators.

This testing regime that now applies to all spill kits bearing the ASCIS2695 mark of Compliance gives users the confidence that the spill kit will perform as required.

ASCIS2695 is the precursor to the introduction of and Australian Standard to further regulate spill response and control equipment. AusSpill already has written stakeholder support from environment and safety regulators around Australia and New Zealand, AFAC and relevant industry associations.

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