Safety and Security
Hazardous Material Spills
a Hazardous Material Spill or Release
spills/releases of hazardous chemicals, suspected gas leaks, or suspicious
odors to Campus Switchboard (Dial 0 or 532-9020). Immediately call 911 if the spill/release presents an
imminent danger (injuries, fire or explosion).
Material Spill or Release on College Property
- Evacuate the building/area immediately,
and alert others to do the same.
- Seal off a spill/release in a
building by closing the door to the area.
- Report the spill/release to 911
and Campus Switchboard (Dial 0 or 532-9020) from a safe location.
- Move to an area at least 500 feet upwind from affected
building/area, and keep streets, fire lanes, and walkways clear for
emergency vehicles and personnel. Instructors and supervisors have the
responsibility of assuring that all students and staff have evacuated
their classrooms and work areas.
- Call the Campus Operations
Staff for technical and clean-up assistance.
- Return to building(s) only when
declared safe to occupy.
- Spills of oil and hazardous
materials must be reported to: National Response Center (1-800-424-8802),
Washington Emergency Management Division (1-800-258-5990) and Department
of Ecology Northwest Region (1-360-407-6300).
Material Spill or Release off College Property
section is referring to an airborne chemical release caused by a natural
disaster or an industrial, railway, or roadway accident occurring near College
- Seek shelter inside a building.
- Stay inside, do not evacuate
buildings or "peek" outside buildings.
- Close all building doors and
- Wait for instructions from
Evacuation Coordinators, Director of Safety and Security, Campus Operations
Staff, Administrators, or Emergency Personnel.
- Call the Campus Switchboard
(Dial 0 or 532-9020) for Campus Operations Staff for assistance in
assessing and cleaning up the spill.
- Use appropriate personal
- Contain the spill.
- Clean up the spill using specific
materials appropriate for the chemical(s) spilled.
- Dispose of the contaminated
spill material by contacting your supervisor.
Materials Inventory & Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS)
location of department/division MSDS binder(s). Be familiar with the MSDS' and
the potentially hazardous materials inventory contained in the binder(s).
Before handling any potentially hazardous material, read and understand the
MSDS and product label. Follow special handling instructions to prevent chemical
exposure and accidents.
Contact the Director of Safety and Security for assistance regarding hazardous