Humboldt State University ® Department of Chemistry

Richard A. Paselk

Chem 438L

SPILL RESPONSE CHECKLIST

Hazardous material should only be used by appropriately trained individuals while under the supervision of qualified personnel. These laboratory regulations are only intended for use by students, faculty and staff at Humboldt State University.

INITIAL RESPONSE

CHEMICAL SPILL (NON-RADIOACTIVE) CLEAN UP

If the spill is less than one liter, not highly toxic, and you feel safe cleaning it up then...

RADIOACTIVE SPILL CLEAN UP

Determine all hazards presented by the spill: radioactive and flammable, or radioactive and toxic, etc.

 

SPILL CLEAN-UP

1. If the spill is:

2. Choose appropriate personal protection

3. Confine or contain spill

Note: spills 200 ml may be cleaned up with paper towels or sponge; exception: do not use paper towels with strong oxidizers such as conc. nitric or sulfuric acids.

4. Small amounts of inorganic acids or bases:

If acid or alkaline, first add a neutralizing agent (sodium bicarbonate for acids, sodium bisulfate for bases).

5. Small amounts of solvents

6. Large volumes of inorganic acids, bases, or solvents:

7. Large amounts of other materials

 

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Last modified 28 August 1999