Hazardous Materials Incidents

If you are involved with or observe a hazardous material (biological, chemical, radiological, fuel, or oil) spill, incident, or release for which assistance is needed: 

  • If the incident is indoors, leave the space and close all doors in order to isolate the area if it is safe to do so.
  • If the incident is outdoors, move upwind of the area and warn people to stay away from the material.
  • From a safe area call the Campus Police from a cell phone.
  • Be prepared to provide the following information regarding the spill or release:
    • Name of the material
    • Quantity of material
    • Time of the incident
    • Location of the incident
    • If anyone is injured or exposed to material
    • If a fire or explosion is involved
    • Your name, phone number, and location
  • Do not enter the space in an attempt to rescue a person on control the release until it is evaluated by emergency responders.
  • Arrange for someone to meet the emergency responders, and follow instructions provided by the emergency responders.
  • Anyone who may have been contaminated should immediately flush the area. The affected area of the skin should be washed for 15 minutes. Call the Capus Police for medical evaluation and assistance.
  • Evacuate, if necessary. Remain in a safe designated area until released by emergency responders.
  • Present the Material Safety Data Sheet or name of the material involved to emergency responders if this information is available.
  • Do not attempt to clean up a spill or release unless you are trained to do so and have the proper equipment.

If you are notified of a hazardous materials incident, follow the instructions provided by the emergency service officials:

  • Clear the area immediately if instructed to do so by the emergency providers, providing assistance to those with special needs.
  • When evacuating, move crosswind, never directly with or against the wind.
  • Remain in a safe designated area until released by emergency responders.
  • If you observe what you believe to be an unauthorized release of any pollutants to the environment, call the Campus Police immediately.

Certain releases are classified as Incidental Releases and can be cleaned up by trained personnel in the area. Incidental Releases do not spread rapidly, do not endanger people or property and do not endanger the environment.