Emergency Preparedeness

What to do in the event of a CHEMICAL EMERGENCY

NOTE: Health Science Campus employees should refer to the Hazardous Material Spill Procedure, # HM-08-013, for spill response protocols unique to the patient care setting.

Spill Inside Building

Ifthe spill poses immediate danger to building occupants:

  • Close the door.
  • Alert others in the area of the need to evacuate as quickly as possible and immediately leave the area.
  • From a safe location, contact UT police at x-2600. If you are off campus, call 9-1-1.

Ifthe spill affects a single area but is greater than can be safely handled by one person:

  • Contain the spill/release, if possible (quickly and safely) and only if you are trained.
  • Alert others and evacuate the area.
  • Close door(s) leading to the affected area and limit access to the contaminated area.  Post warning signs.
  • In case of an injury or illness or to receive assistance in cleanup, contact the UT Police at x-2600.

When reporting a chemical spill, provide the following information:

  • Aspill/release has occurred;
  • The type/quantity of material involved;
  • The exact location of the incident (building, room number, etc.);
  • Injuries/fire which may have occurred.

 

Spill Outside Building

Ifthe spill poses an immediate danger:

  • From a safe location, contact UT police at x-2600. If you are off campus, call 9-1-1.

Ifthe spill affects a single area but is greater than can be safely handled by one person:

  • Isolate and secure the spill area, if possible.
  • Immediately alert others in the affected area.
  • In case of an injury or illness or to receive assistance in cleanup, contact the UT Police at x-2600.

When reporting a chemical spill, provide the following information:

  • Aspill/release has occurred;
  • The type/quantity of material involved;
  • The exact location of the incident (side of building, roadway, near a sewer or water source?);
  • Injuries/fire which may have occurred.
Last Updated: 6/26/15