The Office of Environmental Health & Safety (OEHS) should be contacted immediately (by phone NOT email) for various emergency situations including:
- Fires or explosions
- Building collapse/interior flooding
- Hazardous material (chemical, biological or radioactive) spills – see additional info below
- Serious injury or accident
- Multiple illnesses or injuries
- Serious or imminent safety hazards
During normal work hours notify the OEHS-Main Office at 504-988-5486.
After hours, contact Tulane Police (TUPD). TUPD will then notify the "on call" member of the OEHS staff.
Emergency numbers for TUPD:
- Downtown District 504-988-5555 (extension 55555 from on-campus phone)
- Uptown District 504-865-5911
Hazardous material spills
When reporting a spill to OEHS and/or TUPD, provide the following info (if known):
- Location of the spill (building, room number);
- Chemical or product name;
- Approximate quantity spilled; and
- Other pertinent details (contact person's name, phone number, department, if any injuries or illnesses have occurred, etc.)
Basic response procedures for spills*
Hazardous material spills must be handled very quickly and may require immediate response by personnel at the scene who are familiar with the hazards and basic spill response procedures. Here are some very basic spill response procedures:
- Alert others in the immediate area. If necessary, evacuate.
- If a flammable liquid is spilled, eliminate sources of ignition.
- Upright any spilled containers. Place leaking container into secondary containment
- Ventilate the area. If a fume hood is available, open the sash
- Place absorbent materials around the perimeter of the spill. (In a pinch, use paper towels.)
- Keep the spilled material from entering nearby floor drains or storm drains.
- Close the door to the spill area. Post warning signage. Restrict access until cleared by OEHS.
- Follow procedures recommended on the Safety Data Sheet (SDS) and the recommendations of the OEHS.
*Keep in mind that some spills will require use of personal protective equipment (PPE), special supplies and equipment, and additional response procedures. Wait for OEHS to respond to the scene if you have any concerns about your safety.