A substantial hydrochloric acid spill occurred in a warehouse when a forklift inadvertently punctured a pallet.

A hydrochloric (HCl) acid spill can be highly hazardous and poses severe risks to health, safety, and the environment. Our specialized Team was called for the acid spill clean up.



HazChem’s Emergency Rapid Response Team received the warehouse call, and was en route within less than 60 minutes. Once on-scene, they donned Level “C” Tyvek suits with air purifying respirators to work with the UN1789 acid. The impacted 4 foot x 5 foot area was immediately secured and isolated for cleanup and remediation. 

The affected area, along with the pallet and forklift, was wrapped with caution tape. Nearby freight was relocated away from the spill.

Acid Spill Remediation

The Team used pH paper to verify the acidity of the spilled substance, which registered at a pH level of 1.

hydrochloric acid spill

The contaminated forklift and pallet were removed from the area to begin the acid spill clean up.

neutralize acid spill

A solution of sodium bicarbonate and water was applied to the affected freight and surrounding area to neutralize the acidity of the spill. Absorbent pads were then used to clean the remaining acid from the forklift and pallet.

pH strip test for acid spill

The Team retested the area with a pH strip to ensure the acid had been neutralized. The pH test confirmed a neutral reading.

Oil Dry for spill clean up

Oil-Dry was applied to absorb the remaining sodium bicarbonate and water solution. The saturated material was then collected and placed into a 55-gallon drum.

remediation of acid spill at warehouse

Contaminated PPE and absorbent pads were placed into an additional 55-gallon drum for disposal. The spill generated two waste drums that were properly labelled, sealed, and kept on-site. Photos were sent and remediation of the spill was approved.

why choose hazchem

HazChem Prioritizes Prompt & Effective Emergency Response for Oil Spill Cleanup:

Emergency spills present significant environmental and public health hazards, emphasizing the importance of prompt and effective response measures to contain the spill, mitigate its impacts, and prevent further contamination of soil, water, and air.

HazChem will keep you in compliance with the regulations and help protect you from further liability. With over 30 years in the waste management business, we are trustworthy, safe, reliable, and compliant. Learn more about HazChem Emergency Rapid Response and Chemical Spill Response Services.

SUPER-FAST 60-Minute Response Time for Oil Spill Cleanup

We understand the urgent and critical nature of your call for service. Our Emergency Rapid Response Teams are ready, willing, and able to respond quickly to remedy your emergency spill situation. Our Emergency Response Vehicles are pre-loaded with 90% of the equipment needed for any emergency situation. The final 10% will be added for your particular needs. This advance preparation enables us to deploy a Team within 60 minutes or less from our facility. Based upon our clients’ feedback, this is far better than the typical response time from most of our competitors. Their response is usually measured in multiple hours, and sometimes days or even weeks. Our Team is always ready to deploy, 24 hours a day, 365 days per year, rain or shine, including holidays. We do not rely on automated answering systems for our main phone line (630) 458-1910. Instead, we guarantee that a live person will answer your call, regardless of whether it is a weekend, holiday, or any other day.

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