The answer is Carolyn Itle, Product Manager, New Pig Corp.Tipton, Pennsylvania.

Spills happen in almost every workplace – it’s a tough reality to face. You plan, prepare, and have supplies for oil, fuel, and other hazardous chemical spills, but are you prepared for everyday water leaks?

Water leaks are unavoidable and cause major safety issues, as well as damage to equipment, product inventory and the very structure of the building. Sometimes you don’t know your roof has leaked until a rain or snowstorm hits. It’s a bad surprise, but having the right tools on hand to stop leaks will help keep your business running.

Your first mode of response is to contain and capture the leak. An ideal tool for containing water intrusion is a leak diverter. This tarp-like device can be hung from the ceiling directly below the source. From there, it directs the collected water, via a drain pipe, into a temporary storage container or floor drain until repairs can be made.

In addition to overhead leaks, high winds can push rainwater through your loading docks or entry doors. It is important to contain and absorb water intrusion to prevent employee safety hazards or damage to important product inventory.

The new absorbents have been designed to absorb water leaks quickly and effectively. Some of them can be reused several times, because they are made with superabsorbent polymers with high absorption capacity. Another containment option is a reusable, impermeable spill dam to channel water to a floor drain or prevent it from migrating to unwanted areas.

Maybe your water leaks are happening more frequently and in more places. Keeping all of your locations stocked with spill response kits is a great way to stay prepared.

Absorbent socks and carpet pads found in spill kits are more effective than paper towels or rags. They are designed for fast absorption, higher absorbency and better durability for easier cleaning.

Strategically place a kit near a door with a sign indicating that it is ready to deploy. The kits can also be placed in other problem areas such as warehouses, process rooms, janitor closets, and refrigeration or cooling areas where water leaks or condensation could cause problems.

For greater efficiency, bundle your supplies for a rapid-response kit, which could include absorbents, a portable leak diverter, mops and buckets, or a spill dam. Other products such as floor dryers, wet vacuums and floor panels are ideal to help make cleaning easier.

With so many great options for absorbing, capturing and containing water leaks, you can stay ahead of the curve and be prepared to protect your facility and your employees. Preparation is key, so work with your security staff or other installation expert to choose the right supplies to keep your installation safe, your busy day moving forward, and your product getting out the door.

Editor’s note: This article represents the independent opinions of the author and should not be construed as an endorsement by the National Security Council.