Hazardous Materials Spills

Contact the Environmental Health and Safety Office for any type of Hazardous Materials Spill at (817) 735-2697.

 

CLEAN-UP OF CHEMICAL SPILLS

MINOR SPILLS WITHIN THE WORK AREA

  • Notify other workers of spill.
  • Confine liquids with paper towels.
  • Clean up spills as soon as possible.

Sample clean-up procedures are described below.

Use the necessary personal protection apparel and equipment. Avoid producing dust or aerosols. Contact the Chemical Hygiene Officer at 2697 or 817-735-2697 for assistance if necessary.

  • Properly dispose of contaminated materials. Contact the Chemical Hygiene Officer, 2697 or 817-735-2697, for assistance.
  • Report ALL spills of unusually hazardous materials to your supervisor.

LARGE SPILLS – NO IMMEDIATE LIFE/HEALTH THREAT

  • Use paper towels or other absorbent to confine the chemical to the smallest possible area.
  • Phone the EMERGENCY NUMBER, 2600 or 817-735-2600. Report ALL spills that occur outside the work area.
  • Give the following information:
    • Location of accident/incident – building and room number.
    • Type of material involved – liquid or powder/crystalline (wet, dry).
    • Name of material involved if known.
    • Quantity involved.
    • Notify your immediate supervisor.
    • The Environmental Health and Safety Office or Campus Police will decide if the building is to be evacuated.
    • Begin clean-up procedures.

Sample clean-up procedures are described below.

Use the necessary personal protection apparel and equipment. Avoid producing dust or aerosols.

Contact the Chemical Hygiene Officer at 2697 or 817-735-2697 for assistance if necessary.

  • Properly dispose of contaminated materials. Contact the Chemical Hygiene Officer for assistance by dialing 2697.

POSSIBLE LIFE/HEALTH THREAT

  • Phone the EMERGENCY NUMBER, 2600 or 817-735-2600.
  • Give the following information:
    • Location of accident/incident – building and room number.
    • Type of material involved – liquid or powder/crystalline (wet, dry).
    • Name of material involved if known.
    • Quantity involved.
    • Your name and phone number where you are now.
    • Whether clean-up assistance is required.
  • The Safety Office or Campus Police will decide if the building is to be evacuated.
  • Alert other workers in the immediate area.
  • Prevent other people from entering the area until the Campus Police arrive.
  • Contain the spill if possible using paper towels or other absorbents.
  • Begin clean-up procedures.
    • Sample clean-up procedures are described below.
    • Use the necessary personal protection apparel and equipment. Avoid producing dust or aerosols.
    • Contact the Chemical Hygiene Officer at 2697 or 817-735-2697 for assistance if necessary.
  • Properly dispose of contaminated materials. Contact the Chemical Hygiene Officer for assistance by dialing 2697.

CHEMICAL SPILL

CLEAN-UP PROCEDURES

All areas that contain chemicals should be equipped with a “Chemical Spill Control Kit.” Follow directions as given on the kit. Wear appropriate personal safety apparel and equipment including gloves, face shield, apron and respirator, if necessary.

In the absence of a kit, use the following procedures.

ACIDS

  • Neutralize with dry sodium bicarbonate and absorb with paper towels or other absorbent.
  • Collect absorbent into a plastic bag or pail.
  • Rinse and mop the affected area using large amounts of water.

BASES

  • Neutralize with acetic acid and absorb with paper towels or other absorbent.
  • Collect absorbent into a plastic bag or pail.
  • Rinse and mop the affected area using large amounts of water.

SOLVENTS

  • Wear solvent resistant gloves and apron and respirator if necessary.
  • Absorb spill with vermiculite paper towels or other absorbent.
  • Collect absorbent into a solvent resistant plastic bag or pail.

 

Properly dispose of contaminated materials. Contact the Chemical Hygiene Properly dispose of contaminated materials. Contact the Chemical Hygiene Officer for assistance.

This page was last modified on February 10, 2017