City services | December 2, 2021
Workplace spills are expensive. They can do serious damage to your business’ finances and the environment.
A spill is any release of chemicals, waste or hazardous materials into the environment. When pollutants go into catchbasins on your property, they flow through the City’s stormwater system. The pollutants go directly into creeks, rivers and Lake Ontario – our local water source. This is harmful to the environment and local wildlife.
When spills happen, they can cost thousands of dollars in clean-up fees and repairs. Spills that aren’t reported are even more costly. Failing to report a spill carries a fine under the City’s Storm Sewer By-law and the Environmental Protection Act (EPA) (Reg. 347).
Preventing Workplace Spills
Under the EPA and the City’s by-law, it’s the business owner’s responsibility to properly manage materials that could harm the environment if spilled. These materials include liquids (e.g. cooking oil, grease, ink, automotive fluids), powders (e.g. dye) or pelletized materials (e.g. tiny plastic pellets).
To help prevent a spill from happening:
Reporting Workplace Spills
Even with efforts to prevent spills, they can still happen. This year, the most common types of workplace spills reported to the City of Mississauga involved restaurant cooking oil, waste motor oil and lubricants, and fuels.
When chemicals, waste or other hazardous materials spill at your business, you must report it immediately. Prompt reporting can also reduce clean-up costs and environmental harm.
Report spill details to the Government of Ontario – Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks, Spills Action Centre at 1-800-268-6060 or online.
Creating a spill response plan can also help ensure spills are cleaned up quickly and safely. This plan should include up-to-date information on how to report a spill and contact information for a licensed spill contractor for your business.
To learn more about how businesses can prevent and respond to workplace spills, visit mississauga.ca/stormwater.
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