Ohio Wesleyan University
61 S. Sandusky St.
Delaware, OH 43015
Chemical Hygiene Officer
Try to anticipate the types of chemical spills that can occur in your laboratory and obtain the necessary equipment (spill kits and personal protective equipment) to respond to a minor spill. Learn how to clean up minor spills of the chemicals you use regularly safely. A Safety Data Sheet/SDS contains special spill clean-up information and should also be consulted. Chemical spills should only be cleaned up by knowledgeable and experienced personnel.
If the spill is too large for you to handle, is a threat to laboratory personnel or the public, or involves a highly toxic or reactive chemical, call for assistance immediately.
If you are cleaning up a small spill yourself, make sure that you are aware of the hazards associated with the materials spilled, have adequate ventilation (open windows, chemical fume hood on) and proper personal protective equipment (minimum - gloves, goggles, and lab coat). Consider all residual chemical and cleanup materials (adsorbent, gloves, etc.) as hazardous waste. Place these materials in a sealed container (plastic bags) and store in a chemical fume hood. Contact the Office of Environmental Health and Safety for disposal instructions.
Minor Chemical Spill
Major Chemical Spill