Refer to Part 600 – Subpart D, Hazardous Materials Spill and Incident Response, for more detailed information.
1. If the hazardous materials spill is small (for example, less than one liter), AND you know and understand the hazards associated with the material, AND you have the proper personal protective equipment available, proceed with containment and cleanup.
Remember, the spill cleanup material may be considered a hazardous waste and must be disposed of properly.
2. If the hazardous material spill is too large, too hazardous, or beyond your response capabilities, contact Environmental Health and Safety immediately and provide the following information:
a) Your name and phone number;
b) Location of the incident;
c) Hazardous material(s) involved;
d) Actions taken so far; and
e) Any other pertinent information.
3. Serious Injury, Fire, or Explosion – If the hazardous material incident involves serious injury or exposure, a fire, and/or an explosion, first call 911, then Environmental Health and Safety. Provide the information listed in step 2 above.
4. If the situation requires immediate evacuation, advise any coworkers, leave the area, close the door, activate the building fire alarm if safe to do so, and exit the building. If it is not safe to activate the fire alarm due to a potential explosion hazard, notify building occupants directly and exit the building. Contact the first responder or fire chief when they arrive and explain the situation. Provide any additional information as requested.
NOTE: All incidents involving a release of hazardous materials directly to the environment (for example, into a body of water or onto the ground) must be reported to Environmental Health and Safety IMMEDIATELY.