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Spill Response

About Duke's Chemical Spill Response Team

Despite solid efforts at prevention, accidents will happen. Since a goal of our division is to prevent the release of chemicals that are harmful to human health or the environment, the OESO provides a 24-hour, 365-day per year spill response service to the Duke community.

Our responders are trained according to standards set forth in 29 CFR 1910.120 for Technician Level Responders (essentially the highest level of general spill response training). They are equipped with special personal protective equipment and spill response materials for handling spills up to approximately 55 gallons, after which we have a coordination agreement for assistance from the Durham Fire Department's Hazardous Materials Team.

Activate or consult with the Duke Chemical Spill Response Team through Duke Police, (919) 684-2444 as instructed on the Chemical Exposures and Spills emergency page. Callers should be prepared to tell the DUPD dispatcher what chemicals are involved, how much was spilled, where the spill is located, the nature of any injuries, what control measures have been taken, their name, and a call back number (mobile is preferred) at which they can be reached.