Use of Sorbents for Spill Response

The guide is aimed at operators liable to use sorbents as part of response operations to accidental oil or chemical pollution.

The contents of this guide remain very practical. It provides information on sorbent types, specifications, particularities, regulations, deployment techniques, waste disposal and precautions of use.


Table of contents


A. Preparation - Response plan

A.1 - Why use sorbents?
A.2 - How do sorbents work?
A.3 - What types of sorbents exist?
A.4 - Regulations
A.5 - Right-sizing and managing stockpiles


B Situation assessment

B.1 - When and where can sorbents be used?
B.2 - Selection criteria


C Response

C.1 - Choosing sorbents for spills on land
C.2 - Choosing sorbents for floating spills on water
C.3 - Deploying bulk sorbents (type A)
C.4 - Deploying sorbent pads and rolls (types B and C)
C.5 - Deploying sorbent pillows and booms (types D and E)
C.6 - Deploying sorbent mops (type F)
C.7 - Examples of use
C.8 - Deploying makeshift sorbents
C.9 - What quantities of sorbent are needed?
C.10 - What precautions must be taken?
C.11 - How are oiled sorbents disposed of?


D Experience feedback

D.1 - Erika spill
D.2 - Prestige spill
D.3 - Rokia Delmas spill
D.4 - Ambès spill


E Further information

E.1 - Glossary
E.2 - Useful websites
E.3 - Bibliography



Examples of regulations and standards in different countries

Last update on 30/01/2020


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