ERP: Hazardous Material Spill Procedures

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MCC Police Department
Campus Phone: 1200
Other Phone: 816.604.1200

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Ambulance: 911

Environmental Health & Safety
SDS for Emergencies contact
604.1124 or 604.1370

HAZMAT Response: 800.229.5252



Despite the best efforts of instructors to practice safe science in the laboratory, accidents that result in the release of chemicals can occur. For this reason, it is essential all laboratory personnel have a spill response plan that includes appropriate procedures and materials to adequately contain and clean up a chemical spill. The following procedures should be used as a guide to help laboratory personnel design an effective spill control plan for their laboratory. These procedures tell you how to prepare your own spill kit and give you step-by-step instructions for spill cleanup. They also outline when and who to call for assistance.

After all incidents, an incident report should be completed. MCC needs to know about all spill events to protect their employees, try to prevent another event in the future with training, and comply with federal, state and local regulations related to hazardous materials and occupational exposures.

All Other Hazardous Material Spill

  • Absorbent – Oil Dri
  • Dust pan and broom
  • pH paper
  • Baking soda
  • Dawn soap
  • Pipettes
  • PPE: gloves, mask, coveralls, booties
  • Rigid sealable container
  • Tape
  • Sharpie
  • Small Ziploc bags
  • Spoons
  • Tongs
  • Trash bags
  1. All response procedures shall be performed with the buddy system. Put on the appropriate personal protective equipment.

    Gloves: Mandatory for all clean-up.
    Face mask: Mandatory for all clean-up.
    Disposable coveralls: Use when splashing may occur.
    Booties: Use when walking on contaminated area is unavoidable.

  2. If it is a large liquid spill with potential to spread, contain the spill using absorbent clay (Oil-Dri) by spreading around the perimeter. This will prevent the spill from spreading under refrigerators, cabinets or equipment and reaching drains or corridors.
  3. If liquid, use tongs to drop in a pH strip to determine the pH.
    1. If pH < 3, use baking soda.
    2. If pH > 3, use the absorbent clay.
    3. Stir around to absorb all liquids and turn into a paste.
  4. With a spoon, scoop the solid or clay-absorbed chemical mixture into a plastic container lined with a plastic bag.
  5. Wash the spill surfaces of trace amounts of the spilled chemical with water and a small amount of Dawn dishwashing soap mixture. Rinse the area after fifteen (15) minutes.
  6. Place sealed plastic container and all personal protective equipment used in the cleanup in a trash bag. Mark and date as hazardous waste and place in a campus hazardous waste storage area.
  7. Fill out Hazardous Waste Determination Form for collected spill material and contact Sybil Chandler for disposal instructions.
  8. Replace used materials in spill kit.
Last Modified: 12/6/12