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If you feel that a spill may be hazardous, take the following actions immediately: 

  • NEVER attempt to contain or clean up a hazardous material spill unless you are trained to do so.
  • Alert personnel in the vicinity and evacuate the area.
  • Close all doors and turn off air conditioners and heaters, if safe to do so.
  • Activate the fire alarm pull station as you exit the building.
  • Call Campus Security at ext. 6911 or (615) 460-6911 to report the spill when you reach a safe location.
  • Be prepared to provide the following information to the dispatcher: 
    • Your name, location, and call back number
    • Identity of the spilled chemical (if known) and the amount spilled
    • Location of the spill (building, room number, etc.)
    • Known or suspected hazards associated with the spill
    • If personnel have been exposed to the spill, give details on the extent of exposure and any injuries or symptoms the victim(s) may be experiencing.
  • Remain at the location to meet responders when they arrive and warn others from entering the area.
  • If anyone had contact with the hazardous material, they should be isolated and await treatment by emergency personnel.
  • Do not re-enter the building until told to do so by emergency personnel.
  • If you are aware of anyone who is still in the building after the evacuation or has been injured by the chemical, report it to the emergency personnel immediately.
  • Notify Risk Management at (615) 460-6766. 

In addition, the following actions may be taken as appropriate:

  • Remove contaminated clothing.
  • Flush the affected area with copious amounts of water for at least 15 minutes.
  • Provide first aid if necessary and you are trained to do so.