You should NOT clean up a spill if:
- You don’t know what the spilled material is
- You lack the necessary protection or equipment to do the job safely
- The spill is too large to contain
- The spilled material is highly toxic
- You feel any symptoms of exposure
Instead contact: 805.893.3194 EH&S (24 hr line – after-hours may have to wait up to 30 min for response to campus). OR, if immediately health-threatening call 911 (campus phone)
Spill Response Scheme
Evaluate and Notify
- Assess the toxicity, flammability, or other properties of material (see label & MSDS)
- For flammables, remove or turn off ignition sources such as motors, pumps, fridges.
- Determine if there is an immediate health threat to you or your neighbors. If so, alert neighbors, isolate the area and call for help using the phone numbers above.
- If spill is minor, begin cleanup following steps below
- Don appropriate gloves, eye protection, lab coat, etc.
- Per SDS use absorbents* (e.g., “spill pillows” for solvents), or neutralizers appropriate for the material*, e.g. sodium bicarbonate for acids, citric for bases.
- Protect floor drains with absorbents or barriers around them
- Package and label waste. Include contaminated clothes, rags, equipment, etc.
- Store temporarily in a fume hood if material is volatile
- Send Hazardous Materials/Waste Pickup Request form to EH&S
- Reorder and restock cleanup materials used
- Inform EH&S if there were any personnel exposures, or release to the environment