Spills (SAFE Campus)

Minor Chemical Spills (Indoors).

Respond to minor chemical spills which pose no immediate threat to health or damage to property, as follows:

  • Notify occupants in the immediate area of the spill.
  • Use spill kits to absorb and contain the spill.
  • If unpleasant odours are generated, call 922.
  • Place waste in an appropriate, sealed container in a secure, well-ventilated area.
  • Arrange for chemical waste disposal through your Department or School. (Complete a Hazardous Waste Inventory Form, and to store the product until the waste can be picked-up.)

Major Chemical Spills (Indoors).

Respond to large chemical spills, or spills which pose a threat to health or damage to property, as follows:

  • Evacuate the immediate area.
  • If flammable chemicals were spilled, turn off spark-producing equipment and extinguish flames.
  • Assist contaminated personnel with the use of the eyewash station and/or emergency shower.
  • From a safe location, call 922.  Identify the chemical involved, quantity spilled and hazards.
  • Wait in a safe location and keep unauthorized staff out of the contaminated area.
  • Provide the Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) or Safety Data Sheet (SDS) to emergency responders.

Chemical Spills Outdoors.

In the case of all spills outdoors:

  • Call 922, or direct someone else to call. 
  • Wait at the site until  assistance arrives.
  • Contain the spill rapidly by diking with suitable available material. Cover openings to sewers, if able to do so.