If you believe the area is unsafe:
- Do not clean up the spill.
- Call the HMS/HSDM Facilities Office at (617) 432-1901.
- Request exposed individuals to remain nearby until emergency responders arrive.
- Isolate the area and await assistance.
Tips for reporting an accident:
- Has anyone been exposed?
- What has been released (gas, liquid, solid)?
- Do you know what the material is?
- Are there labels, placards, or pictures you saw or can see from a safe location?
- How much has been released?
- Is the release continuing?
- Is the release contained, or is it entering the environment (sewer, soil, vents, etc.)?
Safety tips for hazardous materials (if you are trained and can do so safely):
- Turn off any sources of ignition.
- Provide assistance to the ill or injured (see Injury or Illness procedure).
- If individuals have been exposed, brush off any dry chemicals and rinse the area thoroughly for 15 minutes or until medical assistance arrives.
- Activate emergency shut-offs.
- Try to slow the free-flow movement of a liquid to prevent the spill from entering drains or the environment by using any absorbent buffer available.
- Locate the Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) and provide it to responders.
- Wait for direction from emergency responders or supervisors.
If you regularly work in a lab area:
- Familiarize yourself with your lab's contents, the location of safety equipment, and evacuation routes.
- Know if there are any special/specific procedures for your lab.
- Know who the Lab Manager is and report any dangerous or unusual conditions.