OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY

Chemical Spill

Environmental Health & Safety: 7-2273 | Fire Department: 911

Chemical Spill Check List
  1. Evacuate area if health risk exists.
  2. Provide first-aid to the injured if properly trained.
  3. Notify Environmental Health and Safety.
Notes and Precautions:

The range and quantity of hazardous substances used in laboratories require pre-planning to safely respond to chemical spills. The clean-up of a chemical spill should only be done by knowledgeable and experienced personnel. Spill kits with instructions, absorbents, reactants, and protective equipment should be available to clean up minor spills. A minor chemical spill is one that is less than 1 gallon or 1 pound and one the laboratory staff is capable of handling safely without the assistance of safety and emergency personnel. All other chemical spills are considered major.

Minor Chemical Spill - Less than 1 gallon or 1 pound:

  1. Alert persons in the immediate area of the spill.
  2. Call Environmental Health & Safety, 7-2273 or 541-737-2273, for assistance.
  3. Wear protective equipment, including safety goggles, gloves, a long-sleeve lab coat and respiratory equipment if required.
  4. Confine spill to a small area.
  5. Use the appropriate kit to neutralize and absorb spill with vermiculite, dry sand, or diatomaceous earth. Collect residue, place in container and dispose of as chemical waste.
  6. Clean spill area with water.

Major Chemical Spill

  1. Attend to injured or contaminated persons and remove them from exposure.
  2. Alert persons in the laboratory to evacuate.
  3. If spilled material is flammable, turn off ignition and heat sources.
  4. Call Environmental Health & Safety at 7-2273 or 541-737-2273.
  5. Close doors to affected area.
  6. Have person knowledgeable of incident and laboratory inform Environmental Health & Safety personnel of any additional information they may need.