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Chemical Emergency

Whenever toxic solids, liquids or vapors are unintentionally released, every effort shall be made to protect students, employees, visitors, and members of participating response units and agencies at the incident site.

Spill Inside the Building

  • Isolate and secure the spill area.
  • Warn others in the immediate area.
  • Based upon the hazard, attempt clean-up if trained and if you have appropriate personal protective equipment.
  • If assistance is needed, call your HSC safety office (INSERT LINK TO PHONE NUMBERS).
  • Evacuate the building, if required (use of the public address system or building fire alarm system is preferred).
  • Meet with and assist emergency response personnel.

Spill Outside the Building

  • Isolate and secure the spill area.
  • Warn others in the immediate area.
  • If assistance is needed, call your HSC safety office (INSERT LINK TO PHONE NUMBERS).
  • Do not wash spilled material into the storm drain.
  • Meet with and assist emergency response personnel.

Personnel Injury Involving Chemical Contamination

  • Assist with emergency eyewash/shower use, as appropriate.
  • Render first aid immediately for serious injuries, as trained.
  • Call 911 if appropriate.
  • Notify your HSC safety office.
  • If possible, without doing harm to the victim, decontaminate the individual and remove and bag contaminated clothing.
  • Obtain a Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) for the material involved.