Hazardous Material (HAZMAT)

Precautions before working with Hazardous Materials

Always be familiar with the hazardous materials you are using and the SDS (Safety Data Sheet) that accompanies them. Before authorizing use of a hazardous material, make sure anyone requesting to use the hazardous material has been trained on the use of the hazardous materials, understands the SDS, and is familiar with the emergency procedures and cleanup requirements specified on the SDS for that hazardous material.

  • Always make sure the SDS is readily available while you are working with the hazardous material.
  • Spill kits with instructions, absorbents, reactants, and protective equipment should be readily available to clean up minor spills.
  • In laboratory or workshop areas, staff should be trained and capable of handling minor hazardous material spills safely without the assistance of safety and emergency personnel.

Minor hazardous materials spill

  • Alert people in the immediate area of the spill and evacuate the room if necessary.
  • Call Environmental Health and Safety at 801-957-4902 or 801-856-6458 to the report spill and dispose of hazardous material
  • Only attempt clean up if you are properly trained and equipped to do so.
  • Wear protective equipment, including safety goggles, gloves, and long-sleeve clothing before attempting to clean up the spill.
  • Avoid breathing vapors from the spill.

Major hazardous materials spill

  • IF IT IS SAFE TO DO SO attend to injured or contaminated persons and remove them from exposure. Alert all people to evacuate the area. Close all doors. Call 911
  • Bring the SDS for the spilled hazardous material(s) with you.
  • Make the following phone calls as quickly as possible:
  • Call the Environmental Health and Safety office, Emergency Manager to assess the severity of the spill and arrange cleanup. Have a person knowledgeable of the incident and the area assist emergency responders.

See Emergency Telephone Numbers

See Shelter-In-Place procedures