Major Spills of Hazardous Materials

Spills defined

Reporting & cleanup

Major Spills

Environmental Release

The variety and quantity of hazardous materials used on campus requires preplanning to safely respond to spills. Only personnel who are familiar with the hazards of the material should attempt to clean up a spill.

A minor spill is defined as an event that can be handled safely without the assistance of the Environmental Health and Safety Office (EHSO) or emergency response personnel.

A major spill is defined as an event that cannot be handled safely without the assistance of the Environmental Health and Safety Office (EHSO) or emergency response personnel, including all events where a person is injured or contaminated.

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When contacting the Emory Police Dispatcher and Environmental Health and Safety Office (EHSO), be prepared to answer the following questions:

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Major Spills

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Environmental Release

If a potentially hazardous material is released or spilled into the environment, confine the release to prevent spread of contamination only if it is safe to do so.

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