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 ext. 5911 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 ext. 5911 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.