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Large Spills

Large Spill Clean-Up

It is important to know what to do in any type of spill. In cases that involve large spill, anything liquid more than 1 liter, unidentified material, or extremely hazardous material, the following steps should be followed:

  • Avoid inhaling or coming into contact with the spilled material.
  • If splashed with the chemical, immediately flush the affected area with water for at least 15 minutes.
  • Follow Laboratory Chemical Hygiene Plan.
  • Attempt to identify material if possible.
  • If the spill involves a flammable liquid, turn off all ignition sources if possible.
  • Immediately evacuate the area.

Immediately request emergency response assistance through the Dispatch at 3-4394 under the following circumstances:

  • The release requires immediate attention because of imminent danger.
  • The release requires evacuation/control of employees beyond the immediate spill area. (e.g. any toxic material spill in a hallway or other public area).
  • The release poses a serious threat of fire or explosion.
  • The release may cause high levels of exposure to toxic substances that are uncontained.
  • The situation is unclear or important information is lacking.