Hazardous Materials Procedures
A release shall be considered the unintentional spread, spill, or other discharge of a chemical, biological, or radiological agent in a manner other than the intended use of that agent by the user.
Follow these steps for chemical, biological, or radiological agent spills or releases when the incidents are beyond the abilities of present personnel to control:
- Notify those affected to evacuate the spill or release area immediately. Go to a fire alarm pull station if a building requires evacuation.
- Call 911 or use an emergency call box to report the incident.
- Give the emergency dispatcher the following information:
- Your name, telephone number, and location
- Time and type of incident
- Name and quantity of the material (if known)
- Extent of injuries or damage (if any)
- The dispatcher will send emergency personnel and will notify Radiological and Environmental Management (REM)
- Evacuate the affected area at once and seal it off to prevent further contamination of others until the arrival of emergency personnel
- Avoid contact with others if you have become contaminated by a spill or release. Remain in the vicinity of the accident site so that emergency personnel can find you more easily. Seek first-aid intervention immediately. Notify emergency personnel of the status of your contamination, including any specifics you can give regarding the contaminant: chemical, biological, or radiological contaminant, amount, and activity (for radioisotopes).
- Make no effort to contain or clean up spills or releases unless you have the necessary training.
- Take the appropriate steps to ensure that no one evacuates the building through the contaminated area.
- Follow established building-evacuation procedures if a fire alarm sounds.
- Keep clear of any emergency command post at the site unless you have official business there.
- Do not reenter the affected area until directed to do so by emergency personnel.
Nonemergency Contact Information
University Police: 260-481-6827
Radiologic and Environmental Management: 260-481-4193
Facilities Management: 260-481-6832
If you are outdoors and hear a siren, go indoors. If you are indoors and hear a siren, go outdoors.
If life threatening, pull the fire alarm, evacuate and call 911.
If non-life-threatening, call 911 and provide information on type of incident and location.
If you come into contact with a hazardous material, decontaminate and call 911.