Fire and EMS

Hazardous Materials Spill/Release

Emergency Action

  1. Call 911 or use an "Emergency Call Box" and report incident.
  2. Secure the area.
  3. Assist the injured.
  4. Evacuate if necessary.

For spills, releases or incidents requiring special training, procedures, equipment (PPE) that is beyond the abilities of present personnel, take the following steps:

Immediately notify affected personnel and evacuate the spill area. Pull the building fire evacuation alarm if evacuation is required.

Call 911 or (864) 656-2222 to report the incident to the University Emergency Dispatcher. Be prepared to provide the following information:

  • Your name, telephone, and location
  • Time and type of incident
  • Name and quantity of the material, if known
  • Extent of injuries or damage

The key person on site should evacuate the affected area at once, and seal it off to prevent further contamination of others until the arrival of emergency personnel.

Anyone who is contaminated by the spill should avoid contact with others as much as possible, remain in the vicinity, and give his / her name to the emergency personnel. Washing off contamination and any required first aid should be started immediately.

No effort to contain or clean up spills and / or releases should be made unless you have been trained.

If an evacuation alarm sounds, follow established building evacuation procedures.

A campus emergency command post may be set up near the emergency site. Keep clear of the command post unless you have official business.

Do not re-enter the area until directed by emergency personnel.