Chemical Spill/Hazardous Material
Upon receiving notice of a chemical spill, the Campus Security Dispatch will send a patrol unit to respond to the incident and will inform the following personnel immediately.
- Physical Plant On-call list
- The Risk & Safety Manager or refer to emergency call list.
In the event that safety personnel are not at the scene of the spill, the Campus Security will relay any specific information about the spilled substance through the Dispatcher to the responding personnel. Upon receipt of the information, the Chemical Hygiene Officer or other Risk & Safety personnel will, if necessary, respond to the scene.
FIRST RESPONDER ACTIONS
DON'T RUSH INTO QUICK DECISIONS.
- Protect yourself by keeping a safe distance from the spilled material. If outside, consider wind conditions.
- Identify the material using personnel information, labels or instrumentation. Identify the hazards involved using an MSDS or DOT information.
- Isolate the scene.
- Deny access to everyone but trained personnel.
- Survey the site for potential problems.
- Evaluate the situation.
- Enter the site only if fitted for the proper personal protective equipment.
- Unless properly trained, response is limited to 1-3 above.
CAMPUS SECURITY WILL:
- Notify the Manager, Director or Chair of the area in which the spill occurred.
- Remove all unauthorized personnel from the area and provide for a required 50 ft. minimum safety zone around the spill.
- Evaluate the situation or on advice from safety personnel notification of the City of Riverside Fire Department.
- If the spill is outside of the building, notify Physical Plant, Ext. 2113, for ventilation control of the area, if needed.
- Notify Physical Plant if electrical, plumbing, or custodial assistance is needed.
- If spill involves an outside vendor, obtain company name and insurance carrier.
RISK & SAFETY MANAGEMENT/CHEMICAL HYGIENE OFFICER:
I. MAJOR CHEMICAL SPILL
- Advise Campus Security on the proper course of action.
- If spill results in contamination of ground, water, or air or is above the Reportable Quantity (RQ) then notify the following agencies:
- Hazardous Materials Cleanup Contractor 909-598-4449
- Notify the Office of Emergency Services (OES) at 800-852-7550 (obtain a control number for the incident).
- Poison Control Center 800-876-4766
- Notify the National Response Center at 800-424-8802 (to comply with CERCLA requirements).
- Notify California Hazardous Material Incident Reporting System (CHMIRS) 1-916-262-1621. Except for:
- Petroleum spills less than 2 gallons from vehicular fuel tanks.
- Sewage overflows.
- Contact the Office of Risk & Safety Management for follow-up evaluation/action.
II. MINOR CHEMICAL SPILL
- Safety personnel will respond to evaluate the situation and coordinate the necessary clean up.
- If further assistance is needed, contact the City of Riverside Fire Department via Campus Security Dispatcher.
- Notify Office of Emergency Services (OES) at 1-800-852-7550 and obtain a control number for this incident only if greater than the RQ.
- Notify the National Response Center at 1-800-424-8802 to comply with CERCLA requirements. (for reportable quantities see business plan)
The Risk & Safety Manager, or designated representative, will be responsible for notifying the appropriate agencies.