Emergency Procedures - Hazardous Materials Incident

Spills that do not endanger workers in the immediate area may be cleaned up by laboratory personnel who have been trained by their PI or lab supervisor and are properly equipped to handle the situation.  Chemical spill guidelines should be established by the PI or lab supervisor and should take into consideration the following:

  • The hazards of the chemical(s) involved.
  • The amount of the chemical(s) spilled.
  • The possible spill locations.
  • Availability of spill cleanup materials or kits.

If the spill is large, if the chemical is not easily identified, or if the chemical is hazardous, then:

  1. Alert/notify personnel from affected and adjacent areas.
  2. If possible use sign and/or barricade to isolate the area.
  3. Evacuate the area and close the door.
  4. If the release cannot be contained in the area, activate the nearest fire alarm pull station.
  5. Call 213-740-4321 on a campus phone.  Public Safety will dispatch officers, and will also summon a hazardous materials response team from the Environmental Health & Safety Office.
  6. Stay upwind of the building.  Note: Use your Department Emergency Assembly Point only if it’s in an upwind location.
  7. When responders arrive, provide detailed information on the spill or release.
  8. Do not re-enter the building until authorized to do so by emergency response personnel.