13.5 How to Prevent and Minimize Spills

  • Store hazardous liquid containers in a pan or tray big enough to hold the contents if the container breaks or leaks.
  • Buy liquids in plastic coated bottles.
  • Use bottle carriers for protection and containment.
  • Put pans under experiments.
  • Use traps on vacuum lines.
  • Use carts designed to prevent materials from sliding off the cart.
  • Have sink stoppers and drain covers handy to prevent material from entering drains.

Tip: Use the Spill Response Quick Guides as training tools for the lab (see Resource for 13.6 Spill Clean-up Procedures below).