Hazardous Materials

Helping campus units manage their hazardous materials by providing assistance with shipping, waste pick-up and disposal, and chemical inventory needs.


Hazardous Material Spills

If it's a life-threatening situation, evacuate the area and call 911.

  • During business hours: Contact EH&S at (510) 642-3073 and press "1" when prompted to talk to a live person.

When a spill occurs:

  • Isolate the area of the spill.
  • Alert people in the immediate area.
  • If spilled material is an imminent hazard, call 911 or (510) 642-3333 with a cellular phone.
  • 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 the spill area.
  • Clean spills only if they are minor and you have the training and protective equipment.
  • Alert Building Management during business hours.
  • During off-hours or weekends, call the Campus Police dispatch at 911 (510-642-3333 with a cellular phone) for an emergency or (510) 642-6760 for a non-emergency.
  • 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.

A Chemical Exchange Service for UC Berkeley Faculty and Staff

This program and web site is currently under construction thanks to a grant from The Green Initiative Fund.

If you have questions or would like to donate your chemicals to the reuse program, please call the CHEX administrator at (510) 643-7195 or send an e-mail to chex@berkeley.edu

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