A minor chemical spill is one that the laboratory staff is capable of handling safely without the assistance of safety and emergency personnel. All other chemical spills are considered major.
- If the spill is life or health-threatening or you are unsure, evacuate the area immediately. If necessary, pull the nearest fire alarm and evacuate the building.
- Call 9-1-1 (University Police) immediately.
- After the emergency, all chemical spills, no matter how small, should be reported to Risk Management (520-621-1790) to ensure proper clean up.
Minor Chemical Spill
- If the spill is not health-threatening, and you have received training, use proper clean-up equipment to clean-up the spill. Dispose of waste materials properly.
- Call Risk Management (520-621-1790) if you have not received training and/or to ensure proper clean up.
- Try to remain calm.
- Activate alarm/pull station.
- Immediately call 9-1-1 (University Police).
- If the fire is small and you have received training, attempt to extinguish it with a fire extinguisher or other available means. Do not jeopardize your personal safety.
- Never allow fire to come between you and an exit.
- Evacuate your area. Close doors and windows behind you to confine the fire.
- Do not return to the emergency area until instructed to do so by Police or Fire Department officials.
- Immediately call Risk Management (520-621-1790).