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Hazardous Material Spill

A hazardous material spill is a spill in which there is a significant amount of a hazardous material released or one in which the release of the substance cannot be controlled.

Examples of hazardous materials in quantities that would be considered a spill are: more than one gallon of bleach, more than 100 ml of sulfuric acid, greater than one gallon of gasoline, and any quantity of mercury.

Examples of infectious materials include blood and other body fluid.

Hazardous Material Spill Response 
  • If the hazardous material comes in contact with your skin, immediately flush the affected area with copious amounts of water for at least 15 minutes, then seek medical attention.
  • Call Public Safety at 717-291-3939  
  • Evacuate the immediate area.  As you proceed, close doors behind you.
  • DO NOT attempt to clean up the spill yourself unless properly trained.
  • Make yourself available to emergency personnel to supply information to aid in clean up.
  • Provide as much of the following information as possible:
    • Where has the hazardous material spill occurred? Specify the floor, room number, and location in room
    • Has there been a fire and/or explosion?
    • Are there any injuries? If so, how many?
    • What material has been spilled?
    • What is the state of the material (i.e., solid, liquid, gas, or a combination)?
    • Is any of the hazardous material escaping in the form of chemical vapors or fumes? Or, is the hazardous material a running or dripping liquid?
Infectious Material Spill Response
  • If the infectious material comes in contact with your skin, immediately wash with soap and water.
  • DO NOT attempt to clean up the spill yourself unless properly trained.
  • Call Public Safety at 717-291-3939
  • Make yourself available to emergency personnel to supply information to aid in clean up.
  • Lab Safety Training is available to all Franklin & Marshall students in chemistry & biology lab at no cost. The department of Environmental Health & Safety holds classes at the beginning of each semester. We encourage you to participate in these training sessions. Contact EH & S at 717-291-4153 to schedule a training session.