- Spill Characteristics
- What To Do
- Spill Notification Procedure
- Simple Compressed Gas Leak
- Biohazardous Spill
- Radioactive Spill
How a chemical spill is handled is dependent on its size, associated hazards of the released material(s), available resources, and the experience/competence level of the responder.
Minor Chemical Spill
Major Chemical Spill
What to Do
DO NOT attempt to clean a spill beyond your level of comfort or expertise. When in doubt, call DPS. For MINOR spills, ensure that clean-up materials are compatible with spilled materials and follow the protocols provided by USC EH&S, Safety Data Sheet (SDS), or by the manufacturer of a professional spill kit.
Spill Notification Procedure
Follow the Spill Notification Procedure below for hazardous spills.
- Alert all persons nearby.
- Secure the area and DO NOT attempt to clean unless you are properly trained, equipped, and you understand the chemical/hazardous characteristics of the spilled material.
- Evacuate, if necessary.
- Call DPS- UPC: (213) 740-4321; HSC: (323) 442-1000. Notify DPS of any spill, even if the spill was cleaned.
You can download the Chemical Spill Response Notification Flyer here.
Simple Compressed Gas Leak
Follow steps below if the compressed gas leak presents minimal to no inhalation or fire hazard.
- Remove ignition sources.
- Restrict access.
- Place in or next to a fume hood.
- Locate leak(s) with soapy water; tighten fittings to stop leak.
- If cylinder still leaks, notify supervisor.
- Contact email@example.com or (323) 442-2200.
Follow instructions in the Biohazardous Spill Clean-Up Guide Sheet for minor biohazardous spills.
Follow instructions in the Radiation Emergency Procedures to clean up minor radioactive spills.