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Chemical Spills

Spill Response

The following excerpt is taken from the American Chemical Society's Guide for Chemical Spills.

If handled properly, a spill may be nothing more than a nuisance. If handled improperly, a spill can seriously disrupt your activities and the work of your colleagues. At worst, a spill can cause bodily harm or property damage. 

In most cases, laboratory spills involve small quantities of materials and, if precautions are taken, present minimal hazards, Laboratory workers are usually the most appropriate people to clean up their spills because they are more likely than others to be familiar with the spilled material's hazardous characteristics; can respond at least as quickly as, and usually more quickly than, anyone else; know about other potential hazards or complicating factors in their work area; and should be familiar with the proper cleanup techniques for a particular spill.

Some laboratory spills require outside assistance because of the spill's size or its unusual hazards. Trained hazardous material spill responders have learned that it is much better to be overly cautious in responding to a spill than to risk lives for something that "shouldn't be too dangerous." Do not downplay the seriousness of potentially hazardous spills.

The only way to respond to a spill is to be prepared for it when it happens. The resources on this page will help you to respond appropriately in the event of a spill. It is incumbent upon you to plan and prepare for the inevitability of a spill by obtaining the proper equipment and training. You are strongly encouraged to read the ACS Guide for Chemical Spills and apply the principles to your particular laboratory situation.

For more information on Chemical Spills visit the links below:

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