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Non-Emergency Chemical Spill Procedures

Non-emergency chemical spills are generally defined as less than 1 liter, do not involve a highly toxic or reactive material, do not present a significant fire or environmental hazard, and are not in a public area such as a hallway. These spills can be cleaned up by properly trained lab personnel using conventional PPE (e.g., safety glasses/goggles, lab coat, gloves) and the area spill kit.

In general, when a non-emergency spill occurs, the area around the spill should be isolated, everyone in immediate area should be made aware of the spill, and the spilled material should be absorbed and collected using either pads or some other absorbent material such as oil dry or kitty litter. Decontamination of the spill area should be conducted using an appropriate solvent (soap and water is often the most effective). Proper PPE should be worn at all times and only personnel that have been trained on the Non-Emergency Spill Cleanup should conduct the cleanup. Additionally, review the SDS(s) (specifically Section 6, “Accidental Release Measures”) to obtain chemical-specific cleanup information.