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HazMat and Spills

Before

  • Identify all potentially hazardous materials in your work area and ensure that you are knowledgeable about their potential risks.

  • Properly dispose of old and unused hazardous materials.

  • Identify your nearest spill kit.

  • Complete trainings on hazardous chemicals, bloodborne illnesses, and other safety trainings through Environment, Health and Safety.

During

For a major chemical spill:

  • Alert people in the area to evacuate. Remove injured or contaminated persons from the exposure source.

  • Turn off ignition and heat sources if spilled material is flammable.

  • Call 911.

For biological exposures:

  • Remove contaminated clothing and thoroughly wash any exposed skin. For eye exposure, flush with water.

  • Obtain medical attention if necessary.

For radiological exposures:

  • Alert people in the area to evacuate. Remove injured or contaminated persons from the exposure source.

  • Document names of persons potentially contaminated and have them stay in one area to await decontamination.

  • Call 911.

  • Prevent entrance into affected area.

After

  • Understand that it may take the fire department or the fire marshal some time to clear a building and determine that there is no remaining hazardous material danger.

  • Do not re-enter the building until cleared to do so by the fire department or Campus Safety.

  • Materials contaminated with hazardous materials may need to be replaced. Consult Environment, Health and Safety if needed.

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