Policy, Scope and ApplicationResponsibilities; Employee Information;Employee Training; Student Training; Authorized Chemical Use;Control Measures, General Requirements;Specific Requirements; Protective Equipment; Fume HoodsExposure Monitoring; Medical Surveillance; Incidents; Waste Disposal; Chemical Exposure; Chemical Spills; Appendix

Chemical Spills 

Chemical spills or releases of a minor nature typically occur when handling chemical substances.  If a relatively insignificant release does occur, instructors or students may clean up the spill and dispose of the material in accordance with Standard Operating Procedures and the Waste Disposal requirements contained in Section 16.  In such cases, the instructor shall determine the cause of the spill and take immediate corrective actions to prevent it from recurring.

Spills of a significant nature must be reported immediately to Facilities Services who will summon the appropriate personnel.  Examples of spills which can be considered significant are provided for guidance purposes only as follows:

•  All fires, explosions or implosions regardless of severity.
•  Any release into a sink or floor drain.
•  Any release of mercury.
•  More than 1 pint of a liquid material.
•  Any release of a noxious and odorous compound.

If the instructor feels the area should be evacuated, he or she shall be responsible for ensuring an orderly exit from the area.  Evacuations are sometimes difficult to decide as the level or degree of evacuation (room versus building) is situation dependent.  In these cases, the instructor will be required to make a determination very quickly in order to protect the safety and health of all building occupants.  The school principal or Facilities Services should make the decision to evacuate the entire building but only if time permits.  Full-scale evacuations for all building occupants shall be initiated by activating the fire alarm.  A follow-up incident report must be filed with the Science Coordinator on supplied forms.  Employees are cautioned to not respond to significant spills (other than evacuation and notification activities) as to do so may endanger employee and student safety.  Common sense principles should be applied when determining whether or not a release is reportable to Facilities Services.  If unsure as to whether or not a release should be reported, always report it.