Emergency Response

Chemical Spills

Emergency Actions

 

In the event a chemical is splashed on a person:

  • Wash the effect area with water for 15 minutes with running water.
  • Remove any contaminated clothing.
  • If medical treatment is needed, call 9-911 immediately.
  • Obtain a Material Safety Data Sheet for the chemical, if available.
  • Notify lab instructor and EHS

In the event a chemical is splashed in a person’s eyes:

  • Flush eyes with water for fifteen minutes using an eye wash station.
  • If medical treatment is needed, call 9-911 immediately.
  • Obtain a Material Safety Data Sheet for the chemical, if available.
  • Notify lab instructor and EHS

In the event a person becomes ill from inhaling a chemical vapor:

  • Remove the person to fresh air.
  • If medical treatment is necessary, call 9-911 immediately.
  • Obtain a Material Safety Data Sheet for the chemical, if available.
  • Notify lab instructor and EHS.

In the event of a spill:

  • Notify the lab instructor.
  • Report the spill to the Environmental, Health, & Safety Office (x3125 or cell (515) 402-3275) regardless of quantity spilled.
  • Secure the area by having other students, staff and faculty move away from spill.
  • Obtain a Material Safety Data Sheet for the spilled chemical.
  • Do not switch on lights or other electrical equipment, as spark could ignite combustible vapors that are present and cause a fire.

Clean-Up for Minor Spill:

  • Only trained personnel should clean –up spills.
  • Contact Environmental, Health, & Safety Office (x3125) for assistance.
  • Wear appropriate personal protective equipment.
  • Contain spill using appropriate material that is found in the spill kits located in each lab.
  • Use paper towels to wipe up spill. Paper towels are hazardous waste, do not dispose in trash.
  • Wash area with an appropriate amount of water. Wipe up water with paper towels.

Clean-Up for Major Spill:

  • Evacuate the area.
  • Contact the Environmental, Health, and Safety Specialist at (x3125 or cell (515)402-3275).
University News
April 15, 2014
Drake University’s Principal Financial Group Center for Global Citizenship (PFGCGC) will host a discussion on the Keystone XL Pipeline initiative in collaboration with the Iowa Energy Forum. General James Jones, a former national security advisor, will discuss the benefits of the pipeline initiative.
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