HAZARDOUS MATERIAL SPILL/RELEASE

For spills, releases, or incidents requiring special training, procedures and/or equipment (PPE) that are beyond the abilities of present personnel, take the following steps:

Immediately notify affected personnel and evacuate the spill area. Pull the fire alarm if building evacuation is required.

Call 911 or use the emergency call box and report the incident. Give the operator the following information:

  • Your name, telephone number, and location.
  • Time and type of incident.Name and quantity of the material, if known.
  • Extent of injuries or damage, if any.

The key person on site should evacuate the affected area at once and seal it off to prevent further contamination of others until the arrival of emergency personnel.

Anyone who is contaminated by the spill should avoid contact with others as much as possible, remain in the vicinity, and give his/her name to the emergency personnel. An effort to wash off contamination and to administer any required first aid should be started immediately.

No effort to contain or clean up spills and/or releases should be made unless you have been trained.

Take appropriate steps to make sure no one evacuates through the contaminated area.

If an evacuation alarm sounds, follow established building evacuation procedures. (See Building Evacuation).

If, due to dangerous air quality outside, you are required to shelter in place rather than evacuate, follow that procedure. (See Shelter In Place.)

A campus emergency command post may be set up near the emergency site. Keep clear of the command post unless you have official business. Do not re-enter the area until directed by emergency personnel.