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Spill Response and Cleanup Procedures

In the event of a chemical spill, the individuals who caused the spill is responsible for prompt and proper clean-up. It is also their responsibility to have spill control and personal protective equipment appropriate for the chemicals being handled readily available. The following are general guidelines to be followed for a chemical spill.

-  Immediately alert area occupants and supervisor, and evacuate the area, if necessary. 
-  If there is a fire or medical attention is needed, contact Public Safety at 911. 
-  Attend to any people who may be contaminated. Contaminated clothing must be removed immediately and the skin flushed with water for no less than fifteen minutes. Clothing must be laundered before reuse. 
-  If a volatile, flammable material is spilled, immediately warn everyone, control sources of ignition and ventilate the area. 
-  Protect floor drains or other means for environmental release. 
-  When spilled materials have been absorbed, use brush and scoop to place materials in an appropriate container.
-  Decontaminate the surface where the spill occurred using a mild detergent and water, when appropriate. 
-  Report all spills to your supervisor or the Principal Investigator. 

Spill Response Plan

An effective spill response procedure should consider all of the items listed below. The complexity and detail of the plan will, of
course depend upon the physical characteristics and volume of materials being handled, their potential toxicity, and the potential
for releases to the environment. 

-  Review Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) or other references for recommended spill cleanup methods.
-  Acquire sufficient quantities and types of appropriate spill control materials to contain any spills that can be reasonably anticipated. The need for equipment to disperse, collect and contain spill control materials (e.g., brushes, scoops, containers, etc.) should also be reviewed. 
-  Develop a spill response plan that includes: 
  * Names and phone numbers of individuals to be contacted in the event of spill.
  * Evacuation plans for the room or building, as appropriate. 
  * Inventory of spill control materials and personal protective equipment. 
  * Means for proper disposal of cleanup materials including contaminated tools.
-  Discuss the spill response plans with all employees in the area.