Emergency Phone NumbersIntroduction - Chemical Spill Response Spill Response Procedures - Major Spill Spill Response Procedures - Minor Spill Spills Requiring Special Procedures Special Emergency Treatment - Hydrofluoric Acid ContaminationChemical Spill Kit ContentsReportable Quantities Appendix A - Respirators
In case of Emergency: Dial 296-5911
Public Safety: (206) 296-5990 or 5911Fire Department: (206) 296-5911Ambulance: (206) 296-5911Environmental Health and Safety: (206) 296-6187 (7 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Monday - Friday)Your chemical hygiene and safety officer:
Despite the best efforts of the Seattle University community to practice safe science in the laboratory, accidents resulting in the release of chemicals will occur. For this reason, it is essential that all laboratory personnel have a spill response plan that includes appropriate procedures and materials to adequately contain and clean up a chemical spill. The following procedures should be used as a guide to help laboratory personnel design an effective spill control plan for their laboratory. These procedures tell you how to prepare your own spill kit and give you step-by-step instructions for spill cleanup. They also outline when and who to call for assistance.
In the event of a spill which: 1) involves the release of a type or quantity of a chemical that poses an immediate risk to health; or 2) involves an uncontrolled fire or explosion:
If the accident involves personal injury or chemical contamination, follow the above steps as appropriate and at the same time:
In the event of a spill involving the release of a type or quantity of a chemical which does not pose an immediate risk to health and does not involve chemical contamination to the body:
CALL EH&S (296-6187) IF SPILL IS:
*Greater than 1 gallon
*Poses a fire hazard
*If you need assistance
Inform medical personnel that injury involves hydrofluoric acid and give them a copy of the material safety data sheet.
Every laboratory that uses chemicals must have access to a spill control kit. The keys to an effective spill kit are location and content. Spill kits should be strategically located around work areas in fixed locations so they will be easily accessible. Although most spill kit contents are common items which may be found throughout the lab, they must be consolidated for emergency use.
Spill kits can be purchased through most supply vendors that sell chemicals or safety supplies. The following is a list of recommended items that should be contained in a chemical spill kit. However, it is important that spill kits be tailored to meet the specific spill control needs of each laboratory. Spill kits should be checked periodically and restored after each use.
The Reportable Quantity (RQ) of a spilled hazardous material is one (1) pound for many chemicals. The university is legally obligated to report certain spills to the Federal EPA and to the IDEM within twenty-four (24) hours of the spill. To comply with this requirement, always report any spill of a hazardous material over one (1) pound to EH&S (296 6187) or Campus Public Safety (296 5990)
There are no legal consequences for a person that spills a chemical or who reports the spill unless a Reportable Quantity is not reported.
The Washington Industrial Safety and Health Act (WISHA) requires that all employees be properly fit tested before wearing a respirator. Respirators that are not properly fitted are not effective. In addition, failure to choose proper respirator cartridges can be very dangerous. Call EH&S at 296 6187 for more information about respirators.
In general, cartridge respirators should not be used in the following circumstances: