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Hazardous Material

Chemical/Hazardous Material Inventory & Safety Data Sheets
Hazard Communication Program

An emergency spill is a hazardous material incident if ANY of the following are true:

  • People have symptoms of exposure (skin is affected, eyes are burning, breathing trouble, dizziness, headaches)
  • Chemicals are mixing and heat or vapors are being released
  • The spilled material cannot be identified
  • The building has been evacuated
  • The people involved are uneasy or unsure of what to do

The hazardous material is:

  • flammable
  • explosive
  • under pressure
  • highly toxic
  • highly infectious
  • radioactive

If you are involved with, or observe a hazardous material (biological, chemical, radiological, fuel, or oil) spill, incident, or release, for which assistance is needed do the following:

  • If the incident is indoors, close all doors in order to isolate the area if it is safe to do so.
  • From a safe area, call 3333 from a campus phone or the Dean on call at 309-337-5713 from a cell phone or off-campus phone.
  • Arrange for someone to meet the emergency responders.
  • Evacuate, if necessary. Remain in a safe designated area until released by emergency responders.
  • Present the Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) of involved substances to emergency responders if this information is available.
  • Do not attempt to clean up a spill or release unless you are trained to do so and have the proper equipment.
  • Clear the area immediately if instructed to do so by the emergency providers, providing assistance to those with special needs.
  • When evacuating, move crosswind, never directly with or against the wind.
  • Any spillage of a hazardous chemical or radioactive material is to be reported immediately to the Dean On-Call; who will notify the Monmouth Fire Department. When reporting, be specific about the nature of the involved material and the exact location. The Crisis Management Team will be convened.
  • The key person on site should vacate the affected area at once and seal it off to prevent further contamination of other areas until the arrival of MFD or other authorized personnel.
  • Anyone who may be contaminated by the spill should avoid contact with others as much as possible, remain in the vicinity and give their name and other information to authorities. Required first aid and cleanup should be done by specialized authorities at once.
  • If the spillage is in a building, follow evacuation procedures and evacuate the building. As may be necessary, follow the instructions of MFD or other authorities to evacuate part or all of the campus.

Be prepared to provide the following information regarding the spill or release to authorities:

  • Name of the material
  • Quantity of material
  • Time of the incident
  • Location of the incident
  • If anyone is injured or exposed to material
  • If a fire or explosion is involved
  • Your name, phone number, and location Follow instructions provided by the emergency responders.
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