Spills and Spills Response

When a spill of a hazardous material occurs, the lab supervisor or employee must make an immediate assessment of the spill and its effect upon human occupants and building safety to determine the proper course of action. This determination must be based upon the nature of the hazardous material that was spilled, its toxicity and physical hazards, the size or amount of the spill and the spill location.


  1. Small spills can be defined as the amount of material an individual can safely handle during a laboratory exercise.
  2. Determine the relative hazard of the spilled material based on label information and material safety data sheet.
  3. If the material is extremely reactive or highly toxic, evacuate the laboratory and call for assistance in spill clean up. Notify Campus Safety at ext. 8114 that assistance is required.
  4. If the material poses no unusual hazards when compared to the typical laboratory use, don the appropriate personal protective equipment and use the available spill clean up supplies to clean up the spill.
  5. Log the spill details on a Spill Report (available from the Hazardous Materials Coordinator).
  6. Contact the Hazardous Materials Coordinator to remove the wastes from the area.


  1. Evacuate the area. In case of fire or when hazardous vapors may spread to other areas, pull the fire alarm to evacuate the building.
  2. Call Campus Safety at ext 8114 to notify them of spill and report to them the chemical name of the spilled material and the approximate quantity.
  3. Campus Safety will immediately notify the Superior Hazardous Material Spills Team, who will respond and contain the spill.
  4. Remain available to Campus Safety to provide additional information as needed.

Contact Carol Lindberg, Hazardous Materials Coordinator, for More Information