Hazardous Material Spill

Spills of hazardous materials (radioactive, infectious, toxic, flammable, corrosive, reactive, etc.) should be confined in a safe manner, if possible. Spill containment techniques include diking, covering the spill with absorbent material, ventilating the area, closing the door to the spill area, etc. In some cases, it may be necessary to unplug electrical equipment or turn off sources of ignition.
Alert others in the immediate area and evacuate the area if necessary. During normal working hours, notify the OEHS directly. After hours, notify Tulane Police; Tulane Police will then contact the on-call member of the OEHS staff for assistance with spill cleanup.
Report the following if known:

  •  location of the spill,
  •  chemical or product name,
  •  approximate quantity spilled, and
  •  other pertinent details (contact person’s name, phone number, etc.)

Follow procedures recommended on the Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) and the recommendations of the OEHS.


































Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118 - Some photos courtesy of the Peace Corps -