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Hazardous Material Spill or Release

For spills, releases or incidents requiring special training, procedures or personal protective equipment (PPE) that is beyond the abilities of present personnel, take the following steps:


  • Immediately notify affected personnel and evacuate the spill area.
  • Activate a fire alarm pull station if building evacuation is required.
  • Call 911 to report the incident and be sure to provide the following information:
    • Your name, telephone number, and location
    • Type of incident
    • Name and quantity of the material, if known
    • Extent of injuries or damage, if any
  • Evacuate the affected area at once and seal it off to prevent further contamination of others until the arrival of emergency personnel.
  • Anyone who is contaminated by the spill should wash off the contamination; remain in the vicinity, and give his/her name to the emergency personnel. If needed, first aid can be started immediately.
  • No effort to contain or clean up spills and or releases should be made unless you have been trained in the proper methods to do so.
  • Take appropriate steps to make sure no one evacuates through the contaminated area.
  • If an alarm sounds, follow established building evacuation procedures (see Building Evacuation).
  • Do not re-enter the area until directed by emergency personnel.