Bintulu Tanker Accident, 1.5km Oil Spill. 26th April 2022.

Disposing contaminated sand; SW408 is costly. Alternatively, Crisben absorbent pads can be used for oil recovery and minimize SW408 disposal cost. Ultimately, preparedness and education saves costs.

BINTULU (April 26): A total of 30 tonnes of sand was required to cover an oil spill along 1.5km of Jalan Sibiyu yesterday afternoon.

Fire and Rescue Department (Bomba) Bintulu zone chief Wan Kamarudin Wan Ahmad said firefighters were dispatched to the scene after receiving a report at 6.11pm.

He said the slippery road surface resulted in an accident involving a pickup truck.

He added Bintulu MP Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing, who was called to the scene, ordered a contractor to bring 30 tonnes of sand to the site.

Among the agencies involved to control traffic flow and cover the oil spill were the police, People’s Volunteer Corps, and Bintulu Development Authority personnel.

Reference: The Borneo Post

Pouring sand on an oil spill is a prevention action from any secondary accidents caused by the slippery road. In the events of rain, oil will leach off the sand as sand is not an absorbent. Oil-contaminated water will flow into drains nearby which will result in a damaging domino effect.

Proper hazmat products and solution plans are vital in cleaning up hazmat spills. Accidents may happen anytime and anywhere but with preparedness and awareness, we are able to reduce the risk of hazmat pollution to surrounding area and the risk of secondary accidents.

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