HAZARDOUS MATERIALS - SPILLS, GAS LEAKS, ODORS

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

  1. Immediately notify affected personnel and evacuate the spill area. Pull the fire alarm if building evacuation is required.
  2. Call 911 to report the incident.
  3. Give the operator the following information:
    1. Your name, telephone number, and location
    2. Time and type of incident
    3. Name and quantity of the material, if known
    4. Extent of injuries or damage, if any
  4. If possible, seal off the affective area to prevent further contamination of others until the arrival of emergency personnel.
  5. Anyone who is contaminated by the spill should wash off the contamination; remain in the vicinity, and give his/her name to the emergency personnel. If needed, first aid can be started immediately.
  6. No effort to contain or clean up spills and or releases should be made unless you have been trained in the proper methods to do so.
  7. Take appropriate steps to make sure no one evacuates through the contaminated area.
  8. If an alarm sounds, follow established building evacuation procedures (see Evacuation).
  9. An Incident Command Post may be set up near the emergency site. Keep clear of the incident command area unless you have official business, including information regarding the chemical or other material that has been spilled.
  10. Do not re-enter the area until directed by emergency personnel.

If you are directed to shelter in place due to a hazardous materials (HAZMAT) accidental release, the air quality may be threatened and sheltering keeps you inside an area offering more protection. For a HAZMAT shelter in place situation you should, if possible, take the following actions:

  1. Close all windows and doors.
  2. Move to the shelter in place location.
    1. Select an interior room above ground with the fewest windows or vents. The room(s) should have adequate space for everyone to sit.
  3. Do not go outside or attempt to drive unless you are specifically instructed to evacuate.
  4. Do not use elevators as they may pump air into or out of the building.
  5. Share notification with others; assist persons with disabilities, if possible.
  6. Try and obtain additional clarifying information by all possible means (e.g. Purdue Homepage, TV, radio, email, etc.)
    1. It would be useful to have a cell phone, hard-wired telephone, or computer system in the shelter location to assist in obtaining additional information as well as being able to report any life-threatening conditions.

HAZARDOUS MATERIALS - SPILLS, GAS LEAKS, ODORS