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Spills and fluid
exchange equipment
Considerations when using fluid exchange
equipment in the shop to prevent spills.
When it comes to spills in the shop, there are numerous ways a spill could occur. When replacing fluids on
a vehicle, fluid exchange equipment has been built
with spills in mind. Preventive measures are a part of
the equipment's design in order to help reduce the
risk of spills during the fluid exchange process.
The simplest preventive measures that can be taken during
these procedures are to drain the fluid down below the
connection level, and make sure to always have a catch
pan so any stray fluids are contained, explains Frank
Casale, vice president of Flo-Dynamics. Flo-Dynamics
is a manufacturer of automotive maintenance equipment, such as transmission, power steering, coolant,
A/C, and brake system fluid exchange/recharging.

plan should include the containers, tanks, and
equipment that could leak or spill, the plans and
procedures in place to prevent spills and respond
to them, and the tools and equipment needed
to clean up or contain a spill. They recommend
taking the following questions into consideration
when creating a spill plan:
Ü What could the potential spilled substance(s) be?
Ü What is the worst-case scenario for the spill?
In other words, what is the maximum amount
of substance that could spill - 5 gallons, 55
gallons, a tanker truck, a 250-gal fuel oil tank?
Ü What is the environment where the spill may
occur - indoors or outdoors, on water or land?
Ü Are there things such as storm drains or bodies
of water in close proximity to the potential spill?
Ü Do certain special precautions need to be taken
with the spilled substance due to flammability
or corrosivity?
Ü When can the spill occur? This could include
time during normal operations, during non-operating hours, day or night, or even seasonally
such as during winter conditions.
The plan should also abide by local, state, and
federal agencies' regulations for spill cleanup
procedures. Additionally, copies of the spill plan
should be distributed to local emergency responders along with emergency contact numbers and a
blueprint of the facility. This allows the responders
to familiarize themselves with the layout of the
building and the associated hazards.
Furthermore, by creating a spill plan fleets can
then use this as a training tool for their employees
- the better trained the employees are, the quicker
spills can be responded to and properly cleaned up.
"There's no better way to prepare for spills

» A best practice to help to ensure efficiency
and promote safety is being prepared
for spill containment and cleanup.
Photo courtesy of New Pig

than to practice," note Silver and Iuzzolino. They
also recommend that when a spill does occur, to
complete a post-spill evaluation. This will help
fleets determine what parts of the spill plans
worked and which didn't, providing the opportunity to make changes for improvement in the future.

Staff training for spill cleanup

Fleets should require regular training for their
employees to keep them up to date on spill cleanup
and containment procedures in order to maintain
response times, reduce potential hazardous situations, and increase the confidence of the employees responding to the spill.
Robin Thornett, marketing manager of
SpillTech, a manufacturer of high-performance
polypropylene sorbent products for industrial
maintenance and spill cleanup, recommends
establishing a chain of command and issuing
individual responsibilities for each employee. By
staging a mock spill, fleets can have their employees practice their roles in spill cleanup and make
corrections to their actions to improve the facility's overall spill response performance.
Thornett recognizes that spill cleanup and the
training that goes along with it will be different
for each fleet and every employee, but in general,
the process of cleaning a spill is the same. Thornett
offers a guide she refers to as The Seven Steps of
Spill Response:

As for the actual built-in measures taken with this equipment, many systems are closed-loop, meaning the system
virtually eliminates the potential for spills. Matthew Walley,
product sales manager for Parker Hannifin, a manufacturer
of motion and control technologies, advises that even with
a closed-loop system, technicians need to be aware of
all parts of the system. For instance, make sure the hose
on the other end of the fluid being evacuated is securely
positioned in the final waste drum to prevent any spilling.
Walley also mentions devices or features that can be
included on fluid exchange equipment, such as non-spill
valves, which can help prevent spills during the disconnect.
Another way to keep spills at bay is to hard-plumb the
machine directly into a waste tank, says Vivek Bedi, CEO
of ESOC, a manufacturer of eco-friendly fluid exchange
technologies for preventive maintenance
of heavy and light
duty engines.
That way there's
no handling,
no spills,
and no mess
to clean up.
With or without all
these spill preventing
features, Walley says, "The
main aspect to mitigating
those spills is just being
mindful of all the access
points that you have on
the type of equipment."

» Many fluid exchange
systems, such as the
QuickFit Oil Change System
from Parker Hannifin, are
closed-loop, decreasing
the potential of any spills.
Photo courtesy of Parker Hannifin

* Assess the risk: From the moment a spill occurs
and throughout the response, determine the risks
that may affect human health, the environment,
and property. Always put safety first. If possible,
identify the material spilled and try to determine
how much was spilled.
* Select personal protective equipment (PPE):
Choose appropriate PPE to safely respond to the
spill. Consult Safety Data Sheets (SDS) and literature
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Uptime: Top Industry Trends in 2020 and Beyond
How Active Safety Systems Pave the Way to Vehicle Autonomy
Vehicles: Steps to Understand and Prevent Corrosion
In the Bay: Remote Vehicle Management Enters a New Phase
Shop Operations: How to Prevent, Contain, and Clean Up Shop Spills
Management: A Guide to World-Class Maintenance
Training: What is a Bistable Relay?
Reman, Rebuild, Replace: What's the Difference Between a Supplier and a Supply Partner?
Diagnostics: Four Steps of an Effective Maintenance Program
Fleet Parts & Components
Tools & Equipment
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