Chemical Incident

chemicalsExposure to Personnel

  1. If it is safe to do so, remove contaminated victim(s) from area.
  2. Call 911 (or 9-911 from a campus phone) for immediate medical attention, or if chemical release threatens others. In extreme circumstances, activate the fire alarm, and evacuate the building.
  3. Remove contaminated clothing and use emergency eyewash/shower.
  4. Administer first aid as appropriate.
  5. Notify EH&S at 893.3194 (24 hr phone line).
  6. Provide information, including Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) http://ehs.ucsb.edu/msds to emergency responders.

Contamination of Equipment/Facilities

  1. If a spill/release is an immediate threat to anyone’s health, call 911 (or 9-911 from a campus phone).
  2. Restrict access to avoid exposure or spread of contamination.
  3. Do cleanup only if you feel it is safe to do so, you are familiar with the material, and you are properly trained and equipped. Some lab buildings have communal spill cleanup supply closets. Inquire locally, or consult EH&S.
  4. If needed, request cleanup assistance from EH&S at 893.3194 (24 hr phone line). After business hours, a message will refer you to another phone number.
  5. If material is radioactive or biological, see the tab “Radioactive Incident” or “Exposure to Infectious Materials.”
  6. Bag the waste and use a UCSB Hazardous Waste label. Store waste in a fume hood if material is volatile. Call EH&S at 893.7705 for pick up.

Release to the Environment (Air, Water, Soil)

  1. If safe to do so, stop the release. Notify EH&S at 893.3194 (24 hr phone line).
  2. Follow procedures above for contamination of equipment/facilities.