HOW TO HANDLE HAZARDOUS SPILLS?
Everyone spills something now and then, coffee on lap, water on your computer, juice onto the carpet and these things are really not that troublesome. However, some spills can pose life threatening dangers. These are the hazardous materials spills. Hazardous materials are those that pose a danger to ourselves and our environment. They include chemical, radiological and biological agents. Some of them may be dangerous if touched or inhaled or eaten. Others, like radiological spills, may pose a danger by simply being near the spill as the radiation spreads out in all directions.
Spills can occur in a lab manufacturing chemical facility. Sometimes they occur on road when trucks transport materials. Trains carrying hazardous materials can derail, spilling their contents.
Chemical spills can result in chemical exposures and contaminations. Whether a chemical spill can safely have cleaned up by laboratory staff depends on multiple factors including the hazards of the chemical spilled, the presence of incompatible materials, and whether you have adequate training and supplies to safely clean up the spill. Do not enter the area if you cannot assess the conditions of the environment.
What to do
- Evacuate all non-essential persons from the spill area.
- If needed call from medical assistance
- Confine the spill small area. Do not let it spread
- Don appropriate PPE including a laboratory coat, splash googles and appropriate chemically resistant gloves.
- Work with another person to clean-up the spill. Do not Clean –up a spill alone
- Do not add water to the spill
If you see a hazardous material spill of any kind, leave the area immediately until it is controlled by a well-trained personnel. Call emergency services immediately so they can take care of the spill as soon as possible. Give SERVPRO of Ventura a call regardless of the size of the spillage. Our technicians are trained to safely and effectively clean the substance and the surrounding area. SERVPRO of Ventura can also properly dispose of the hazardous chemical and make sure is safe for employees to come back in.
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