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Hazardous material spills

Follow these procedures for biological, chemical and radioactive materials:

Prior to working with hazardous materials:

  1. Determine spill procedures from Safety Data Sheets (SDS) for all chemicals.

  2. All University of Waterloo (UW) employees and students handling hazardous materials are required to be trained in spill procedures.
  3. Obtain proper spill kits and clean up equipment. These are available from Chemistry Stores in Earth Sciences and Chemistry (ESC) 109.

Small spills that pose no immediate threat to health:

  1. Notify occupants in the immediate area of the spill.
  2. Use spill kits to absorb and contain according to spill procedure.
  3. Place material in a secure and ventilated area.
  4. Contact Environmental Safety Facility at Ext. 35755 for disposal instructions.

Large spills or spills that pose an immediate threat to health:

  1. Remove sources of ignition if possible.
  2. Evacuate immediate area.
  3. Call UW POLICE ext. 519-888-4911 or ext. 22222.

American Chemical Society's guide for chemical spills reponse planning in laboratories


Waste disposal

Your lab's spills plan should follow the University's Hazardous Waste Standard.