Chemical Spill Control
ALWAYS check the Material
Safety Data Sheets (MSDS's) before you work with
hazardous substances to make sure you know the properties of the chemicals
you are working with, what precautions to take, and what the MSDS's suggest
in case of exposure or spill. MSDS's are also available through the Safety
Office, MS17, 5-7478).
For small amounts of relatively low-toxic material
(say, 5 ml. of HCL), clean it up yourself IF:
- You are sure of what you have
- You are sure you know how to clean it up safely
- You have and use the requisite protective equipment
For more dangerous spills:
- Clear the area
- Close the door
- Call one of the phone numbers listed below
Remain available to answer questions about the spilled
substances, their properties, quantities, etc. and to aid in the clean
If there are ANY questions, call Karen Lawley in the Safety Office, 5-7478 or
Environmental Health and Safety, 5-2060.
After regular hours call the Control Center, 5-5560.