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Chemical Exposures and Spills

Minor Chemical Spills

  • Alert people in the immediate area of spill.
  • Avoid breathing vapors from spill.
  • Turn off ignition and heat sources if spilled material is flammable.
  • Put on appropriate protective equipment, such as safety goggles/face shield, suitable gloves, and gown/coveralls/long- sleeved lab coat.
  • Confine spill to small area.
  • Use appropriate kit to neutralize and absorb organic acids and bases.
  • Use appropriate kit or spill pads.
  • Collect residue, place in appropriate container and dispose as chemical waste (call (919) 684-2794 for waste collection).
  • Clean spill area with water.

Chemical Spill on Body

  • Flood exposed area with running water from faucet, drench hose, or safety shower for at least 15 minutes.
  • Remove all contaminated clothing and shoes.
  • Obtain medical attention, if necessary.
  • Report incident to supervisor and complete HR work-related injury/illness report or other appropriate incident report.

Hazardous Material Splashed in the Eye

  • Immediately rinse eyeball and inner surface of eyelid with water continuously for 15 minutes.
  • Forcibly hold eye open to effectively wash behind eyelids.
  • Obtain medical attention.
  • Report incident to supervisor and complete HR work-related injury/illness report or other appropriate incident report.

Major Chemical Spills

  • Alert people in the area to evacuate.
  • Turn off ignition and heat sources if spilled material is flammable.
  • On Campus: Call 911 from a campus phone or (919) 684-2444 from a cell phone. Off campus: Call 911.
  • Attend to injured or contaminated persons and remove them from exposure.
  • Have person knowledgeable of incident and area assist emergency personnel.

Hazardous Drug Spills

Mercury Spills

OESO Environmental Programs - (919) 684-2794
OESO Occupational Hygiene & Safety - (919) 684-5996
OESO Laboratory Safety - (919) 684-8822

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