How to Respond in an Emergency
In the event of a minor chemical spill:
- Protect yourself and others. Avoid direct contact with the spilled material. Wear protective clothing such as gloves and goggles during clean up. Treat all chemicals as if they are hazardous.
- Contain the spill and secure the area. Cordon off the spill area; do not walk through, or allow others to walk through the spilled material.
- If properly trained, clean up the spill using the chemical spill kit. If not contact Campus Security. Security will contact housekeeping and the Environmental Health and Safety.
- Dispose of the material in chemical waste container.
- Clean up: Wash hands thoroughly, even if there is no visible contamination.
- Replace items used in the spill kit by contacting Environmental Health and Safety at 312.499.4924.
A major chemical spill is when:
- A chemical is flammable, reactive, or toxic
- Someone has been exposed to the chemical (skin, eyes, etc)
- The spill is greater than 1 liter
- Too much of a chemical has been spilled for the amount of absorbent in the classroom.
In the event of a major or unknown chemical spill:
- Protect yourself and others. Shut off any ignition sources and stop the source of the spill if you can do without endangering yourself.
- The instructor/staff in the class will determine, by the nature of the spill, if evacuation of the room is warranted.
- If the spill requires evacuation, contact Campus Security immediately and inform them of the emergency. Provide the following information:
- Your name
- Specific location of the spill
- Name of the substance spilled (if known)
- Quantity of spill (if known)
- Facilities Operations and Environmental Health and Safety will determine if evacuation of additional rooms or the entire building is required.