If the material is unknown or if it poses a hazard beyond its immediate location because of fire, toxicity, or explosion (e.g., very large quantity, highly volatile or toxic compound), follow Evacuation Procedures. If possible to do so safely, post signs or other warning outside the immediate spill area to direct traffic away from the spill so those exiting the building do not go through affected area.
If deemed necessary, facility personnel may also be evacuated by the responding university emergency personnel, the Stevens Point Fire Department, WRR Spill Response, Building/Department management, or other authority. If evacuation is necessary, the facility fire alarm system will be activated and Evacuation Procedures followed. Personnel will be expected to exit the building using the nearest safe exits. Personnel will not be re-admitted until an authorized by the fire department.
The EHS Office member will assess the situation. If necessary resources are available (equipment and trained staff) clean-up procedures will be initiated. This may include use of Portage County Hazardous Material Response team or State contracted Veolia ES 1-800-688-4005 or WRR Environmental Services Co., Inc., 1-800-669-4162. Do not clean up unless trained and authorized.
If a hazardous material/waste spill results in a release to the environment, the EHS Office will call
- Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, 1-800-943-0003
- the National Response Center, 1-800-424-8802 (for a major release)
- and UWSA Office of Risk Management at 608-263-7330 to report the incident and provide pertinent information.
If the spill may represent a hazard to building occupants, Facility Services should be contacted to control ventilation in a manner that will minimize contaminant migration within the building. This may include controlling the supply and/or exhaust ventilation sources depending on the type of release. Facility Services can be reached at 715-346-4219.
If exposed to chemicals, individuals must remove any contaminated clothing and flush all areas of the bodily contact with copious amounts of water (with the exception of chemicals that react with water) and seek medical attention immediately (see Medical Emergencies).