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 substances 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.

Additional Actions for HAZMAT

  1. Close all doors and windows to the outside.
  2. If there is a chemical, biological or fire hazard, do not use elevators.
  3. Turn off all machinery.
  4. If in laboratories, reduce all operations to safe conditions as quickly as possible, pull down sashes on chemical fume hoods, and discontinue laboratory processes that may create hazards if chemical fume hoods, bio safety cabinets, or building ventilations systems were turned off.
  5. Limit the use of telephones so that emergency communications will not be hindered by non-essential calls.
  6. Tune radios or televisions to Emergency Alert System (EAS) stations for further information (see below).
  7. University and emergency management officials will control building ventilation systems.
  8. Do not go outside or attempt to drive unless you are specifically directed to evacuate.
  9. Remain in place until university or emergency management officials tell you it is safe to leave or until information is announced through radio or television broadcasts alerting you that it is safe to leave.