Chemical Spills

(Immediately Dangerous to Life or Health)

If a chemical spill occurs that is determined to pose an immediate threat to any building occupant, proceed as follows:

1.  Immediately notify all building occupants of the area in which the spill has occurred.

2.  Notify MSU Police at 911 or 2222 to report the spill.  MSU Police will send an InformaCast message VOIP telephones to evacuate the building

3.  Ensure that HVAC (heating, ventilation, air conditioning) for the building is shut down.  This may require a call to Facilities Management at 4291 (after hours 3805).

4.  Evacuate the immediate area of chemical emergency.  Only if necessary, pull fire alarm to evacuate the building.  Contact Public Safety immediately and advise that the fire alarm has been activated and why.  Account for all building occupants at the designated meeting area.

5.  If direct physical contact is made with the spilled chemical, immediately remove all contaminated clothing.  Flush any point of bodily contact with plenty of water for at least 15 minutes and/or use a safety shower if one is available.

6.  Ensure that everyone exposed to the spilled chemical obtain medical assistance.

(Not Immediately Dangerous to Life or Health)

Follow the procedures listed below for spills involving chemicals that are definitively known to pose no immediate threat.

1.  Evacuate the rooms and close the door, but do not lock it.

2.  Immediately notify the building emergency coordinator and the Office of Environmental Safety and Health at 3480. After normal business hours contact MSU Police at 911 to report the spill. Be prepared to give the following information:

  • Building name
  • Building location
  • Floor number
  • Room number
  • Type of spill
  • Chemical(s) involved
  • Estimated volume of chemical(s) involved

3.  If trained and familiar with the hazards, attempt to contain the spill as much as possible.

4.  Avoid direct physical contact with the spilled material. If contact is made, remove any contaminated clothing and flush area with water for 15 minutes. Use a safety shower, if one is available.

5.  The Office of Environmental Safety and Health will notify the appropriate response agencies and assist in the spill cleanup.