Hazardous Materials

Departments should evaluate the potential of spills in their areas and develop contingency plans for dealing with spills. Copies of department plans should be sent to Environmental Health & Safety and Facilities Management. Individuals located where potential spills may occur, should be knowledgeable in emergency spill procedures. Appropriate containment and clean-up materials should be on hand, conveniently located and well-marked. For a hazardous material incident occurring inside a campus building follow the instructions below.

  1. Any spillage or reaction of a chemical or hazardous material causing serious contamination or injury is to be reported immediately by calling Environmental Health & Safety (909-748-8466) or Public Safety (909-748-8888), and the department supervising the activity.

  2. When reporting, be specific about the:
    • location of the release
    • name and quantity of material involved
    • extent of injuries, if any
    • environmental concerns, such as the location of storm drains and streams
    • any unusual features such as foaming, odor, fire, etc.
    • any suspected terrorist activity

  3. If flammable or combustible liquids are spilled, immediately turn off all sources of ignition. Remove injured personnel to fresh air or an emergency shower or eyewash depending on the type of exposure. Flush affected skin or eyes with large amounts of water. First Aid procedures should be started at once.

  4. Anyone who may be contaminated by a radiation spill should be isolated to avoid contact with others as much as possible, and cautioned not to spread contamination.

  5. Do not attempt to stop a leak, reduce contamination, or clean up a major spill unless you have been properly trained, have appropriate personal protective equipment, and can do so without putting yourself in danger.

  6. The instructor or supervisor should evacuate and limit access to the affected area at once to prevent further contamination of others until the arrival of safety personnel. If necessary, alert other building occupants to evacuate. Move to a safe area crosswind or upwind to avoid exposure to fumes. Never go downwind.

  7. On your way out, open windows and turn on a fume hood, if possible. Close the sash if the spill/release was in a hood. Close the door.

  8. Unless seeking medical attention, potentially exposed individuals should report to emergency personnel at the site. Supervisors and instructors involved will record and report the names of potentially exposed individuals.

  9. Have personnel knowledgeable of incident, facilities, and laboratory procedures assist emergency personnel.

  10. Required clean-up will be directed by Environmental Health & Safety and/or other authorities.