Safe & Sound

CHEMICAL SPILL CLEAN-UP PROCEDURES

If you work with hazardous materials in a laboratory, it is essential to be prepared in the event of a chemical spill. Practice and be familiar with the following processes.

  1. Attend to anyone who may have been contaminated
  1. Notify occupants in the immediate area about the spill.
  2. Evacuate all nonessential personnel from the spill area.
  3. If the spilled material is flammable, turn off all ignition and heat sources; including magnetic stirrers.
  4. Avoid breathing vapors of the spilled material. If medically qualified and trained as required in the Respiratory Protection Program, use a respirator if necessary. Otherwise, evacuate and contact OEHS at 801-581-6590 or call University Police at 801-585-2677 after 5 p.m.
  5. Ensure that the fume hood(s) is on. If in a non-clinical care building, open windows where possible to increase exhaust ventilation.
  6. Secure cleanup supplies. Ensure protective apparel is resistant to the spill material.
  7. Confine or contain the spill to a small area and clean up according to your Chemical Hygiene Plan.

To register for the next Chemical Hygiene training, click here.

OEHS provides laboratory spill kits for purchase. To order a spill kit for your lab, click here.