Hazardous Materials Spill or Exposure

  • Isolate the area of the spill.
  • Alert people in the immediate area.
  • If spilled material is an imminent hazard, call 911.
  • If spilled material is flammable, turn off nearby ignition or heat sources if it is safe to do so.
  • If spilled material is volatile or an airborne powder, leave the area.
  • If possible to do so safely, confine the area of the spill with absorbent materials.
  • If possible, prevent the spilled material from going down drains.
  • Close doors to affected areas.
  • Post danger or warning signs.
  • Keep people from entering spill area.
  • Clean spills only if they are minor and you have training and protective equipment.
  • Alert Building Management during business hours.
  • During off-hours or weekends, call the Campus Police dispatch at 911 for an emergency or (510) 642-6760 for a non-emergency, or (510) 642-3333 with a cellular phone.
  • If spilled chemicals enter a sink or drain, call EH&S at (510) 642-3073.  Report the location and estimated amount of material to enter the drain.