Initiate Spill Notification and Reporting
Immediately report all spills, regardless of quantity, to the Environmental Health and Safety Officer (531-2751) and Campus Police (X911)
The EH&S Officer will make all applicable notifications if necessary to Facilities Department (for cleanup assistance), Local, State and Federal authorities.
The first questions one should ask when evaluating an incident would be "Is the spill too large to be handled by one person" As a general rule, any spill with more than 1 liter of liquid can be difficult and dangerous to clean up without using specialized clean-up and protective equipment. In these incidents, employees should follow the proper reporting procedures.
In all cases there are four primary responsibilities considered when cleaning up a spill.
Your safety must always be your initial consideration in any emergency situation. After ensuring your own safety, the safety of others in the area must be addressed. Communication is the next step taken. All information that you have concerning the emergency at hand must be communicated to someone that is not directly involved or engaged in the incident. The last step to be taken is to physically respond to the spilled material. If this sequence is followed, the original hazard and any additional problems that may occur will be handled safely and effectively.Spill Procedures
The individual who identified the spill should determine the following steps if their safety is not in danger. This will ensure the spill will be handled safely and effectively
Contain the Spill
The following information is for individuals that are trained in spill containment procedures.
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Last Modified: May 5, 2004