2.1 Minor Spills

2.1.1 Definition-Minor Spill Criteria

A Minor Spill meets the following criteria:

  • Constitutes a non-emergency situation.
  • Does not spread rapidly.
  • Does not endanger people except by direct contact.
  • Does not endanger environment.
  • Can be safely managed by trained personnel in the area of the spill.

2.1.2 Minor Spill Response Procedure

  • Evaluate spill to ensure it meets the definition of a minor spill and is not spreading or reacting with other materials, increasing the nature of the hazard.
  • Notify appropriate co-workers, the BET and other potentially affected building occupants; do not use the fire alarm system for a minor spill.
  • HM users responsible for the spill should contain and remediate the spill.
  • If spill is an orphan spill, contact the BET, obtain the Spill Cart, gather OSRT members and remediate the spill.
  • Notify affected occupants and the BET when the spill is cleaned up.

2.1.3 Spill Management Quick Spill Guides

The spill response guides detail the steps to be taken to remediate a minor spill. Use the printable Spill Response Guides.

Scroll down the column located on the left side of this page to the section labeled: Spill Information-Spill Response Printable Guides.

Spill Response Guides are also included in Section 7.1 of the appendices.

2.1.4 Minor Orphan Spill Response Procedure

  • Definition: Any chemical spill that occurs outside a clearly delineated area of responsibility and one for which no one is willing to accept responsibility to clean the material up.
  • Spill meets the definition of a minor spill
  • Notify the BET, who alerts the Orphan Spill Response Team
  • OSRT should attempt to identify the spilled material. If it cannot be identified, the spill must be considered an unknown. Attempt to gather additional information about spilled material; interview building occupants, assess time of spill, and contact BioChem or Chemistry Stores to obtain information on very recent purchases. If time permits and the spill does not meet the criteria of a major spill, call EHS at (33)5-8501 for further assistance. EHS may be able to assist in the identification or facilitate contracting with groups that can identify and clean up the spill. EHS will not clean up the spill.
  • If there is insufficient time to gather additional information, or to determine the spilled material’s identity, it may be necessary to call 911 for assistance.