Emergency Guide - Chemical Spills
In the event of a chemical spill or release of toxic or hazardous material that presents a potential for or has already caused:
- A personal injury
- A chemical overexposure
- An exposure to a chemical of unknown health risk
- An adverse environmental impact
- Any other situation immediately dangerous to life, health, or property
- Immediately notify all personnel in the affected area of the spill or release and evacuate all personnel from the affected area.
- Call Public Safety at 3911 from a campus phone or 413-755-3911 from a cell phone from a location not affected by the spill. Public Safety will dispatch the appropriate response personnel.
- Be prepared to give Public Safety the following information:
- Your name, phone number, and location from which you are calling from
- The nature of the incident
- The location of the incident (building, floor, room number)
- The name or type of substance (if known)
- The quantity of substance (estimate)
- The hazards (flammable, explosive, toxic - if known)
- Advise if there are injuries
- Suggest a secure location to meet emergency responders
- Stay in the secure area to meet emergency responders.
- Do not re-enter the spill area to perform rescue operations or participate in cleanup.