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Hazardous Chemical Spills and Exposures

Chemical spills may include formaldehyde (formalin), disinfectants (Cidex OPA), Trichloroacetic acid (TCA) and chemotherapeutic agents.

In case of a chemical spill:
  • Personal protection and contaminated individuals are primary and clean-up of spills is secondary.
  • Notify personnel in the immediate area.
  • Evacuate nonessential personnel and isolate the spill area .
  • Attend to persons who may have been contaminated or exposed.
  • Follow established spill procedures for your area.
  • Notify your supervisor and EHS at (409) 772-1781*.
  • Stand by to advise EHS of immediate situation. EHS will either assist staff by phone for small spill clean-up procedures or dispatch a Hazardous Spill Response Team for clean-up.
In the event of a chemical exposure:
  • Notify personnel in the immediate area that a chemical exposure has occurred.
  • Attend to persons who may have been contaminated or exposed.
    • Flush eyes with water for 20 minutes.
    • Wash exposed skin with copious amounts of soap and water.
  • Seek medical attention.
  • Notify your supervisor and Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) (409)772-1781*.

*After normal business hours (8:00 am - 5:00 pm) contact the university telephone operator (409) 772-1011 for the EHS On-Call Person.
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