Hazardous Materials Spill Procedures

In the event of an accidental release of hazardous materials, please follow the information provided to assist us with our response.

Required Information, Reporting, and Procedures

Identification and Contact Information:
Biological (Hospital Areas): Call floor nurse or Environmental Services @ 4-4288 Or Hospital Safety @ 934.1246 (Campus Areas) or Call responsible investigator or Biosafety @ 934.2487.

Chemical (All Areas): During work hours (8-5 Mon. – Fri.) call Chemical Safety at 934.2487 or OH&S Support Facility @ 934.3797. After hours, you may reach the Director on call by paging 8744 or calling 288.6742.

Radiological (All Areas): During work hours (8-5 Mon. – Fri.) call Radiation Safety at 934.2487 or OH&S Support Facility @ 934.3797. After hours, you may reach the Director on call by paging 8744 or calling 288.6742.
Questions to be Answered:

Your name?
Your phone number?
Your location?
Where is spill located?
What is the name or specific nature of the spill? (Toluene, 32P aqueous buffer, etc.)
If radioactive, how much activity in millicuries?
Estimated volume?
Time occurred?
Anyone hurt or contaminated?
Has area been evacuated?
Can you isolate the spill area?

Immediate Procedures:


Leave the area immediately if spill is not readily controlled or if potentially dangerous.
Notify others in surrounding areas.
Isolate spill by closing doors or barricading.
Place appropriate absorbent material around spill to prevent spread.
Do not attempt to dilute or treat chemically unless advised to do so by OH&S
If someone is injured, notify UAB Emergency Room @ 4-5105 as soon as possible.
Stay close to scene until you see UAB Response Personnel
Many things can go wrong during a spill. If you stay calm, use common sense, report the answers to the previous questions, and take the necessary defensive procedures we can reduce the effects of hazardous material spills.

In Case of a Hazardous Spill