A Natural Solution to Aviation Fuel Spills
U.S. airlines used 1.51 billion gallons of fuel in August alone. With the large amount of fuel being consumed, aviation fuel spills are not uncommon and can be harmful to us and our environment if not taken care of properly.
Recognizing the dangers and risks of fuel spills helps to prevent them and respond appropriately if a spill does occur. Here at OPG+, we believe that you should not fight harmful contaminants with more harmful chemicals. That is why we developed a natural solution to turn jet fuel into CO2 and water. The OPG+ formula is designed to catalyze the process of bioremediation, or nature’s way of using bacteria to eat pollutants.
With an aviation fuel spill prevention and response plan, you can prevent harm to the surrounding environment as well as potential health hazards.
Monitoring for an Aviation Fuel Spill
Ideally, we want to prevent aviation fuel spills from occurring in the first place. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) offers guidance and preventative measures, such as housekeeping to ensure the work environment is safe from mishandling of equipment to avoid accidental spills. It is also important to monitor operational and environmental conditions for early detection of a possible spill for a quick response to minimize damage.
Detecting an Aviation Fuel Spill
Upon detection of an aviation fuel spill, it is important to remain calm and not panic. Accidents happen, but they must be handled quickly. Spills pose a major fire risk due to the flammable property of fuel. They also pose a risk of water contamination.
There are different types of aviation fuel, but they are all kerosene-based, which is clear but known for having a strong odor when spilled.
Responding to an Aviation Fuel Spill
When an oil spill occurs, there are necessary steps to take when dealing with it, such as determining the risk and protecting yourself. Aviation fuel is no different.
The best response is good preparation. This includes what we have discussed about monitoring equipment for potential error. It also involves preparing yourself and employees for an accident with proper training. Lastly, make sure you have the personal protective equipment (PPE) on hand in good working order.
If there is a spill, you will want to assess where the source of the spill is. If it is safe to do so, turn off any nozzles and close any leaks to prevent the spill from becoming larger. This will make the process of cleaning up easier and more manageable. If possible, try to contain the spill in a safe container. Carefully move equipment, objects, and people away from the spill so they will not be harmed.
Once you have taken the initial steps to stop the spill, it is best to call OPG+ Quick Response Team to help reduce the risk of harm to people and the environment. Cleanup must happen quickly when aviation fuel spills occur. Make this step easier by having the number of the response team on hand, or easily accessible, at all times. You can reach OPG+ at (844) 444-8899.
Our aviation fuel cleanup and remediation service is the fastest and most cost-effective service for handling a spill. We detoxify any jet fuel, from Avgas to Jet A and Jet B types.
OPG+ Cleans up Aviation Fuel Spills
Setting up an aviation fuel spill prevention and response plan will help you stay on top of any risks that may arise and protect us and our environment from potential harm.Learn More