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Incidental v. Emergency Spills. Spills happen! Two categories of spills: – Incidental (you can handle it) – Emergency (you cannot handle it) Either way,

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1 Incidental v. Emergency Spills

2 Spills happen! Two categories of spills: – Incidental (you can handle it) – Emergency (you cannot handle it) Either way, EHS is here to help!

3 Incidental spills An incidental spill is a spill that you can handle on your own or with the help of a coworker, meaning: – You have the proper spill clean up materials – You know how to clean up the spill safely – You have necessary PPE – Less than 1 gallon (small) of a low toxicity, low volatility chemical (not toxic or volatile) – No injuries or exposures

4 Emergency spills Emergency spills involve more than 1 gallon (large) or involve a highly toxic or volatile chemical, additionally: – If you lack experience to clean up the spill – If you lack PPE – If you lack the spill cleanup equipment

5 4 Steps to Incidental Spill Clean Up Step 1: Warn others and control access to the spill

6 4 Steps to Incidental Spill Clean Up Step 2: Wear PPE

7 4 Steps to Incidental Spill Clean Up Step 3: Contain and wipe up the spill

8 4 Steps to Incidental Spill Clean Up Step 4: Collect spill debris and dispose of the debris through EHS

9 4 Steps to Emergency Spill Clean Up Step 1: Warn others and evacuate the area If there is a fire or large scale release of toxic or flammable gases, pull the fire alarm and evacuate all building occupants. Do not allow people to evacuate through the affected area.

10 4 Steps to Emergency Spill Clean Up Step 2: Secure the area by closing the door, using a sign or caution tape, or posting a person at a safe distance to warn others not to enter

11 4 Steps to Emergency Spill Clean Up Step 3: Report the spill from a safe location Provide responders with: -Your name -Call-back number -Building name -Location of the release -Name and quantity of chemical released To report a spill from the Anschutz Medical Campus call 911 from a campus phone or (303) To report a spill from the Downtown Campus call 911 from a campus phone or (303)

12 4 Steps to Emergency Spill Clean Up Step 4: Wait for emergency responders and provide them with spill details

13 What to do if you’re not sure? CALL EHS!!!


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