Hazardous Materials Incidents

Hazardous Materials Incidents

Chemical releases can be classified into two distinct categories:

Incidental Releases: Incidental releases are small isolated releases of chemicals such as cleaning solvents that do not present or have the potential to cause injuries or require evacuation other than the immediate release area. Incidental releases can be cleaned up by personnel who have received proper training under the OSHA Hazard Communication Standard 29 CFR 1910.1200 and have the proper safety equipment, or by calling Environmental Health & Safety  at 7398. This type of incident would not require the response of the Local Fire Department, or outside agency. However, Environmental Health & Safety  should be notified of all releases. This may aid in the proper disposal of the released chemical.

Response to an incidental release

1. Obtain the MSDS and assess the scope of the hazard.

2. Notify employee and others in the immediate area of the spill and evacuate if necessary.

3. Verify identity of material.

4. Secure appropriate equipment and supplies to contain spill.

5. Use protective equipment and clean up spill.

6. Transfer spilled material to a proper disposal container and label for waste disposal.

7. Decontaminate spill area.

8. Store and dispose of spilled material as waste. Contact Jamie Stock ( stock1lj@cmich.edu) for disposal.

9. Review incident for prevention in the future.

Emergency Releases: Emergency releases are those incidents that involve large quantities of chemicals and/or have the potential to cause injuries. A release that requires the response of the Isabella County Hazardous Materials Response Team and/or local fire department would be considered an emergency release. An emergency release may be defined by any one of the following:

Definition of an Emergency release

1.     Spill affects several areas.

2.     Material has moderate to high toxicity or is flammable.

3.     Material has a potential for causing exposures exceeding short term exposure limit.

4.     Threat of discharge to drain/sewer.

5.     Potential threat to community.

For the purpose of this document only Emergency Releases will be addressed.

Employee Procedures for Chemical Releases

1. Clear the area of all personnel and visitors - Instruct personnel to evacuate the building.

2. Dial 911 for CMU Police.

a) Advise nature of problem

b) Advise exact location of the chemical release. CMU Police will then contact Environmental Health & Safety

3. If the situation appears to be a serious release, activate the fire alarm pull station and begin evacuation of the building.

4. Send one employee, if available, to meet CMU Police and/or Environmental Health & Safety and lead them to the incident area.

5. Advise the Mount Pleasant Fire Department, CMU Police and/or Environmental Health & Safety on their arrival if all personnel are accounted for.

a) If an employee or visitor is missing, advise the Mount Pleasant Fire Department, CMU Police and/or Environmental Health & Safety Services as to the last known location of the individual.

6. Provide assistance to the Mount Pleasant Fire Department, CMU Police and/or Environmental Health & Safety as requested.

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