Emergency Preparedness
Emergency Procedures

Hazardous Material Spill

  • What to Do Inside

    • If you are inside where a spill has occurred, immediately evacuate the building.
    • If you cannot evacuate, go to a protected, interior area of a building where toxic vapors are reduced, close all windows and doors and seal gaps under doorways and windows with wet towels and thick tape, such as duct tape.
    • If there is risk of an explosion, close all shades and draperies.
    • Stay away from the windows to prevent injury from flying glass.
    • If you suspect that gas or vapors have entered the building, take shallow breaths through a cloth or towel.
    • Notify Public Safety from a safe location as soon as it is practical at x5911 or (206) 296-5911 or one of the ‘Blue Light’ emergency phones located around campus.

    What to Do Outside

    • Move uphill and upwind; hazardous materials can be transported quickly through air and water.
    • Go to a protected, interior area of a building where toxic vapors are reduced.
    • Notify Public Safety from a safe location as soon as it is practical at x5911 or (206) 296-5911.

    What Not to Do

    • Do not attempt to clean up a spill.
    • Do not touch or step in spilled materials.

    What to Do After Exposure to Hazardous Materials

    Corrosives: these are substances that cause visible destruction or permanent changes of the skin tissue upon contact.

    • Wash your eyes for 15 to 20 minutes if they are affected. Eyelids must be open; do not rub the injured area.
    • Get under a shower, remove all clothing, and wash with soap and water.

    Flammables: these are liquids with a flash point below 100 degrees F with vapors that burn readily.

    • Turn off the electricity main and gas jets.
    • Evacuate the building.

    Toxics: these are poisonous substances.

    • Wash your hands.
    • Discard contaminated clothing or objects.
    • Use the appropriate antidotes.

    Reactives: these are substances that can undergo a chemical or other change that may result in explosions, burns, or corrosive or toxic conditions.

    • Close all doors.
    • Evacuate the danger area.
    • Follow decontamination instructions from local fire or health authorities.