Chemical Spill

Notes & Precautions:     The range and quantity of hazardous substances used in laboratories require pre-planning to respond safely to chemical spills. The cleanup of a chemical spill should only be done by knowledgeable and experienced personnel who have received appropriate training. Spill kits with instructions, absorbents, reactants, and protective equipment should be available to clean up minor spills. An incidental chemical spill is one that the laboratory staff is capable of handling safely without the assistance of safety and emergency personnel. An emergency release requires active assistance from emergency personnel.


1.        Alert people in immediate area of spill.

2.        Wear protective equipment, including safety goggles, gloves, and long-sleeve lab coat.

3.        Avoid breathing vapors from spill.

4.        Confine spill to small area.

5.        Do not wash spill down the drain.

6.        Use appropriate kit to neutralize and absorb inorganic acids or bases. Collect                           
           residue, place in container, and dispose as chemical waste.

7.        For other chemicals, use appropriate kit or absorb spill with vermiculite, dry sand, or

           diatomaceous earth. Collect residue, place in container and dispose as chemical


8.       Clean spill area with water.


1.        Attend to injured or contaminated persons and remove them from exposure.

2.        Alert people in the laboratory to evacuate.

3.        If spilled material is flammable, turn off ignition and heat source. Donít light bunsen

           burners or turn on other switches.

4.        Contact the University Police Department at (313)593-5333.

5.        Close doors to affected area.

6.        Have person knowledgeable of incident and laboratory assist emergency personnel.