Environmental Health & Safety: 7-2273
Fire Dept: 911
Chemical Spill Check List
- Evacuate area if health risk exists
- Provide first-aid to the injured if properly trained.
- Notify Environmental Health and Safety.
Notes and Precautions:
The range and quantity of hazardous substances used in laboratories require pre-planning to safely respond to chemical spills. The clean-up of a chemical spill should be done only by knowledgeable and experienced personnel. Spill kits with instructions, absorbents, reactants, and protective equipment should be available to clean up minor spills. A minor chemical spill is one that is less than 1 gallon or 1 pound and one that the laboratory staff is capable of handling safely without the assistance of safety and emergency personnel. All other chemical spills are considered major.
Minor Chemical Spill- Less than 1 gallon or 1 pound
- Alert persons in the immediate area of the spill.
- Call Environmental Health & Safety (7-2273) for assistance.
- Wear protective equipment, including safety goggles, gloves, and long-sleeve lab coat, and respiratory equipment if required.
- Confine spill to a small area.
- Use the appropriate kit to neutralize and absorb spill with vermiculite, dry sand, or diatomaceous earth. Collect residue, place in container and dispose as chemical waste.
- Clean spill area with water.
Major Chemical Spill
- Attend to injured or contaminated persons and remove them from exposure.
- Alert persons in the laboratory to evacuate.
- If spilled material is flammable, turn off ignition and heat sources.
- Call Environmental Health & Safety at 7-2273.
- Close doors to affected area.
- Have person knowledgeable of incident and laboratory inform Environmental Health & Safety personnel of any additional information that they may need.