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Crisis Protocol: Chemical Spill or Hazardous Materials Incident


An incident involving an inappropriate exposure or release of chemical, biological or radioactive materials.


  1. Any spill or release of a hazardous chemical, biological or radioactive material MUST be reported immediately to the Department of Public Safety, with the exception of small volume spills in teaching and research laboratories that would normally be cleaned up by trained University personnel in accordance with applicable state and federal regulations.
  2. If an emergency exists, activate the building alarm.
  3. When reporting a spill be specific about the nature of the involved material and exact location. The Department of Public Safety will contact the necessary specialized authorities and medical personnel.
  4. The on site caller MUST vacate the affected areas IMMEDIATELY and if possible seal it off to prevent further contamination of other areas.
  5. Anyone who may be contaminated from the spill should AVOID CONTACT with other people, remain in the vicinity and give his or her name(s) to the Department of Public Safety officer upon arrival.
  6. Once outside, proceed to the Gathering Point identified for your building.
  7. Keep streets, fire lanes, hydrant areas and walkways clear for emergency vehicles and personnel.
  8. DO NOT return to the building until you are told to do so by the Department of Department of Public Safety or University official.
  9. The Building Coordinator will take attendance and assist in accounting for all building occupants.
  10. If requested, assist emergency crews as much as necessary.
  11. A campus emergency command post may be set up near the emergency site. Keep clear of the command post unless you have official business.