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Environment, Health and Safety

Chemical Spills

All significant (greater than 1 liter of liquid) chemical spills must be reported to UB EHS and/or UB Police. UB EHS will ensure individual department heads and/or chairs are notified. Small routine spills can be handled by lab personnel provided they have been trained in the use of a spill kit and feel comfortable using one. 

Steps to Take for a Large Spill

If a large spill occurs, remove people from the area providing them with assistance if required. If there are any injuries, see to them and provide first aid if you are certified to do so. Report any injuries to UB Police immediately! If anyone has been exposed to the chemical, get him or her immediately to a nearby safety shower or eyewash station.

  • As you leave the lab, close the door behind you and direct 
people to the nearest fire exit. Notify others from adjoining labs and offices of the spill and keep people away from the area. 
  • Contact UB EHS, UB Police or both; have someone else do it for you if necessary. Be prepared to give them information such as your name, phone number, location, nature and amount of the spill, injuries, etc. 
  • Remain in area to direct first responders to the spill 
  • If the area of the spill reaches outside your lab and into a 
public area and vapors from the spilled chemical threaten the safety of others, pull the fire alarm and evacuate the building. 

Never attempt to clean a spill if you feel it is beyond the capability of the spill kit. 

Steps to Take for a Small Spill

Remove people from the area providing them with assistance if required. If there are any injuries, see to them and provide first aid if you are certified to do so. Report any injuries to UB Police immediately! If anyone has been exposed to the chemical, get him or her immediately to a nearby safety shower or eyewash station. 

  • As you leave the lab, close the door behind you and direct people to the nearest fire exit. Notify others from adjoining labs and offices of the spill and keep people away from the area. 
  • If you feel comfortable doing so, proceed to clean up the spill using the spill kit located in your lab. 
  • Once you have cleaned up the spill, place all clean up 
residuals (spill pads, paper towels, PPE, etc) in the trash bag. Attach a hazardous waste label, and contact UB EHS for pickup. 


Spill Kits are Available from EH&S for a Small Fee:

spill kit contents

EHS will replace the contents of your spill kit at no charge.