hazardous-materials spills on campus must be reported to Dr. John Lambeth,
director of Health and Safety (919-530-7943 or 919-667-6803). Be prepared
to provide (and spell) the names of the materials involved and to describe the
location, size, and nature of the incident.
hazardous-material emergency exists when:
- Cleanup of a spill of a
hazardous material is beyond the level of knowledge, training or ability
of the staff in the immediate spill area, and/or
- The spill creates a
situation that is immediately dangerous to the lives and health of persons
in the area or facility.
In a hazardous-material
- Avoid contamination or
chemical exposure to yourself.
- Alert people in the
immediate area, and evacuate the room. If an explosion hazard is present,
take care not to create sparks by turning electrical equipment on or off.
- Confine the hazard by
closing doors as you leave the room.
- Use eyewash or safety
showers as needed to wash off spilled chemicals. Flush the affected area
with copious amounts of water for at least 15 minutes. Call 919-530-6106 to report any personal
contamination. Seek medical attention as required.
- Evacuate nearby rooms
that may be affected. If the hazard will affect the entire building,
evacuate the entire building.
- Outside, identify
yourself to emergency responders and report the location, nature and size
of the incident. Provide any additional information you believe would be
helpful. Personnel most knowledgeable about the spilled material and the
location of the spill should be available to provide information to
- Isolate contaminated persons and do not allow
them to leave or to spread the contamination.