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1.4.8.1  Chemical Spills

(Please refer to Spill Policy Attachment in Section 8.2.) 

In case of a major spills or uncontrolled spills

  • Notify others in the immediate area and move to safety
  • Immediately call Suffolk University Police Department (SUPD) by dialing ext. 8111 or (617) 573-8111
  • Attend to any injured persons away from the spill; use PPE as recommended in the relevant safety data sheet
  • SUPD will contact the Office of Environmental Health & Safety (OEHS) at (617) 570-4849 or (617) 573-8628
  • OEHS will contact outside contractors and regulatory agencies as necessary.

All spills of unknown materials should be treated as a hazardous chemical spill

Chemicals Splashes on the Body and in the Eyes

  • Contact SUPD by dialing ext. 8111 or (617) 573-8111. If others are present, ask for them to contact SUPD
  • Body - quickly remove all contaminated clothing, footwear and jewelry and flood the affected body area with only water for at least 15 minutes. Use only water
  • Eyes - irrigate the eyeball and inner surface of eyelid with plenty of cool water for at least 15 minutes. Hold eyelids open to ensure effective wash. Use eyewash or other water source. Remove your contact lenses
  • Report the incident to your supervisor or laboratory instructor and OEHS

Ingestion of Hazardous Chemicals

  • Identify ingested chemical
  • Call Suffolk University Police by dialing ext. 8111 or (617) 573-8111
  • Call the Poison Information Center by dialing (617) 232-2120 or (800) 682-9211 (whenever help is available, one person can call SUPD while the other calls Poison Information Center)
  • Provide the ambulance crew and physician with the chemical name and any other relevant information. If possible, send the container, MSDS or the label with the victim
  • Report the incident to your supervisor or laboratory instructor and OEHS

Inhalation of Smoke, Vapors and Fumes

  • If smoke or chemical vapors or fumes are present, move to fresh air or uncontaminated air
  • Do not enter the area if you suspect that a life threatening condition exists for oxygen depletion, explosive vapors or highly toxic gases
  • Call SUPD immediately by dialing ext. 8111 or (617) 573-8111 for medical attention  
  • Report the incident to your supervisor or laboratory instructor and OEHS
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