Chemical spill

Unlike spilling a glass of water, chemical spills have to be handled carefully. If a chemical spill occurs, it is important to remain calm, warn everybody in the vicinity and analyze the situation. It is crucial that you know what chemical was spilled and what hazards it poses before you initiate any cleanup strategy.

Depending on the amount and type of chemicals involved, spills are categorized into minor and major spills:

  • Minor spills: Spills that can be cleaned up by lab personnel without putting themselves or others at risk.

  • Major spills: Involve large amounts of chemicals or highly dangerous reagents. Make sure you evacuate the lab and contact the appropriate emergency personnel.

If a chemical is spilled over a person, immediately get them to the safety station and flush the affected area thoroughly. Additionally ake off affected clothing to limit further exposure.

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