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Major Chemical or Biological Release or Spill

A major spill is one that is spreading rapidly and presents inhalation or fire hazards, has entered the environment, or exceeds the capacity of the laboratory user to respond. 

  • Secure the area such that no one can enter without proper authorization
  • Notify Campus Police at 911
  • Alert others to leave the area
  • Remove ignition sources, shut down equipment, close fume hood sash, and open windows for chemical spills, if you can do so safely
  • Close the doors to the laboratory
  • Contact others on your lab emergency notification form
  • Assemble at a safe distance
  • Provide technical assistance to emergency responders