These safety practices shall be followed where a hazard exists for an employee because of an incidental spill of hazardous materials. An incidental spill is one that does not cause death or serious injury to employees (typically ½ gallon or less) and is capable of being contained with a department provided spill kit.
Incidental Hazardous Material Spill Response:
- Communicate the hazard: notify your manager or supervisor that a spill has occurred, notify people in the area to remain clear of the spill.
- Review the Safety Data Sheet for accidental release measures (typically section 6).
- Locate the department provided spill kit, remove and inspect equipment required for cleanup.
- Don the appropriate PPE necessary to safely interact with the spilled material. Gloves are always required.
- Deploy the absorbent sock in the manner that best contains the spill. The first priority would be to protect a drain that the hazardous material could leak into. The next priority would be around the spill itself.
- If necessary, pick up the container that is leaking to prevent continued leakage. This step would not be necessary if the container were shattered during the spill event.
- Use tongs or a broom and dust pan to pick up glass shards and carefully place in a trash bag from the spill kit.
- Cover the spill completely with absorbent pads. Wait a few minutes to ensure the material has been absorbed.
- Once the spill has been cleaned, placed the used absorbent sock (if contaminated) and all of the pads into the trash bag.
- Tie the trash bag with the ties provided in the spill kit, double bag if necessary.
- Label the outer bag with the labels provided. This bag is now hazardous waste, and a label is legally required.
- Contact your department Instructional Support Technician or the Department of Environmental Health and Safety for removal.
Code of Safe Practices are prepared by SSU Dept. of Environmental Health and Safety.