2.5 Spills in Special Circumstances

Determine if the spill is a major or a minor spill (see sections 2.1.1 and 2.2.1 for definitions). If a major spill has occurred follow the instructions of Section 2.2.2 or 2.2.3. If the spill is a minor spill follow the instructions in the appropriate section below.

2.5.1 Spill Occurring in an Elevator

  • Follow the guidelines set forth in sections 2.1.2 and 2.1.3 of this template for the remediation of a minor spill.
  • Additional precautions must be taken when dealing with a spill in an enclosed space, such as an elevator.
  1. Do not enter the elevator and attempt to remediate the spill if you feel the atmosphere in the elevator has been compromised. If you are unsure contact EHS for advice.
  2. If the spilled material is unknown or the spill may have gone down the elevator shaft consider this to be a major spill and follow Section 2.2.2 Major Spill Response Procedure.
  3. To prevent use of the contaminated elevator tape or cordon off the doors on each floor or shut down the elevator.
  • To shut the elevator down call Facilities Management Emergency Services 335-5071 for instructions on how to do this. Or pull the emergency stop and prop open the doors.
  1. Determine if anyone has tracked the spill out of the elevator. Check floor at each floor the elevator stops at to determine if there has been contamination.
  2. Additionally contact Facilities Management to determine which company services the elevator in question.

2.5.2 Spill Occurring in a Parking Lot

  • Follow the guidelines set forth in sections 2.1.2 and 2.1.3 of this template for the remediation of a minor spill.
  • Special precautions must be taken to ensure that the spilled material does not reach a drain, sewer system or unpaved areas. If you are unsure if this has already occurred please contact EHS for advice.
  • If the spill is outside the area of your control contact Parking and Transportation at 335-1475.