Hazardous Materials – HAZMAT
HAZMAT incidents may be:
- Indoor and outdoor fuel spills;
- Solvent or other chemical spills in shops;
- Chemical or biological spills in buildings and laboratories;
- Chemical odors in buildings;
- Natural gas smells and leaks; or
- Fires in laboratory or other facility involving highly toxic chemicals, infectious sub-stances or radioactive materials.
If you witness a hazardous material spill, evacuate the spill site and warn others to stay away.
If you are the HAZMAT user:
- Leave the area of the spill first and go to a safe location nearby.
- Determine if you have the proper training and protective gear to clean up the spill.
- If you are able to clean up the spill, follow proper cleanup procedures and use proper personal protection.
- Manage the generated waste appropriately.
- Consult your supervisor as necessary.
- Isolate the spill area to keep everyone away and post signs as necessary.
Individuals recognizing HAZMAT spills that require additional notifications and resources will:
- Alert all individuals who might be harmed to evacuate the immediate area and to go to a location that will not impede emergency personnel.
- If safe and appropriate to do so, limit the spread of the material by applying absorbent and shutting doors.
- Notify the University Police, EXT. 3103, on a university telephone located at a safe distance from the hazard to report:
- The nature of the incident, and name of the HAZMAT, if known.
- The exact location.
- Whether or not there are any injuries.
- What symptoms are being exhibited by exposed individuals.
- Any other details that would assist officials in preparing their response.
If you suspect or witness a release of a hazardous material to the environment (air, water, ground) call University Police.