Chemical Spills

Chemical Spills

Immediate Danger

If a chemical spill takes place which in the opinion of the person or persons responsible for such material poses a threat to themselves or other building occupants, the following steps should be taken:

  1. Sound the building fire alarm. If you have body contact with the spilled material remove any contaminated clothing immediately and flush all areas of bodily contact with copious amounts of water.
  2. Call UAH Police at 824-6911 and provide the following:
    • Chemical Substance Involved:
    • Building:
    • Floor:
    • Room Number:
    • Type of incident:
    • Notify your Supervisor's Office.
  3. Evacuate the building to an assembly area and leave a clear access for arriving emergency personnel. Do not return to the building until instructed to do so by the Police or Fire Department.
  4. Obtain assistance for those injured or exposed (safety shower, medical attention, etc.). Bodily contact areas should be rinsed for 15 minutes with copious amounts of water.

No Immediate Danger to Life or Health

Chemical spills which do not pose a threat should be handled by:

  1. Attempt to confine the spill as much as possible, if you have been trained to confine spills and are thoroughly familiar with the hazards of the spilled chemical. If you have contact with the spilled material, remove any contaminated clothing immediately and flush all areas of bodily contact with copious amounts of water.
  2. Notify UAH Police at 824-6911 and give them:
    • Chemical(s) Involved:
    • Building name:
    • Floor:
    • Room Number:
    • Type of incident:
    • University Police will then notify the appropriate response departments to assist in the proper cleanup of involved materials.
  3. Continue to rinse