Hazardous materials

Most hazardous material spills can be prevented by proper transport, storage, and use of chemicals and other materials. In the event you come in contact with hazardous materials, follow your area-specific emergency action plan.

  • Act quickly if you have come in to contact with or have been exposed to hazardous materials.
  • If asked to evacuate, follow the routes recommended by the authorities — shortcuts may not be safe. Leave at once.
  • Do not walk into or touch any spilled liquids, airborne mists, or condensed solid chemical deposits. Try not to inhale gases, fumes and smoke. If possible, cover mouth with a cloth while leaving the area.
  • Specific instructions are available for airborne contaminants.
  • Follow decontamination instructions from local authorities.
  • Seek medical treatment for unusual symptoms as soon as possible.
  • Advise everyone who comes in to contact with you that you may have been exposed to a toxic substance.
  • Place exposed clothing and shoes in tightly sealed containers. Do not allow them to contact other materials.
  • Do not clean up a hazardous material spill unless you have received specific spill clean-up training and can perform the clean-up safely.

For further information see your supervisor or call Safety and Environmental Management at 581.4055.

Source: ready.gov