Hazardous Materials Release
STOP and THINK. Stop working. Stop the spill.
- Assess the situation:
- How big is the spill?
- Has it made contact with your skin or clothing?
- Call 911 if there is a medical emergency or danger to life, health, or the environment.
- Alert people in the area.
ISOLATE the Area
- Restrict access.
- Determine the extent of the spill.
- Keep doors closed.
MONITOR Yourself Carefully and Completely
- Check yourself for any contamination or signs/symptoms of exposure (wet clothing, skin or respiratory irritation).
- Remove contaminated clothing and place in a plastic bag.
- Perform decontamination procedures.
STAY Near the Area Until Help Arrives
- Minimize your movements.
- Have person knowledgeable of incident assist responders.
- Notify your supervisor.
You Can Cleanup a Spill If:
- You are aware of the hazards and cleanup procedures.
- There is no potential for personal or environmental damage.
- The appropriate spill cleanup equipment is available.
- Two people can clean the spill thoroughly in an hour.
If You Are Unsure if You Can Cleanup a Spill:
- Call Environmental Health & Safety at 327-5040 (24 hours).
If it is a Major Spill or Uncontrolled Release: