The first priority in all spill situations is a person's health and safety. Do not attempt to clean up a spill without knowledge of the chemical(s) involved and never without someone to help you.
Know the hazards of the chemicals that you use. If a chemical spill takes place and, in the opinion of the person(s) responsible for the chemical, there is an immediate threat to anyone or a release to the environment, take the following steps:
- If you understand the emergency procedures, contain or neutralize spill, if possible, then evacuate the room and secure the door.
If you are unsure of the emergency procedures or feel incapable of safely containing or handling the chemical, immediately evacuate the room and secure the door.
If the spill is in a common area, execute evacuation.
- Call 911. Report:
- Building and room number
- Description of incident
- Chemical(s) involved
- Estimated volume of spill
- Request medical assistance, if needed
- Remove contaminated clothing immediately. Flushing areas of contact with copious amounts of water for 15 minutes will usually suffice as immediate treatment. Some chemicals, however, will not be diluted or may react with water. Ensure that medical assistance is obtained for those injured or exposed.
- In an evacuation, move to a safe location and leave clear access for emergency personnel. Do not return to the site until instructed by a safety official.