Small Spill Guidelines (Non-lab)

Small spills, of a volume which does not exceed the capacity of a standard small spill kit (1-4 gallons), can be cleaned up by trained staff within the department. Large spills are to be handled by EHS staff. All spills must be reported to EHS. Contact EHS at 355-0153 for training or questions.

Always identify the type of material spilled and know exit areas and take steps to control source of the leak.

Procedures for non-lab spills (e.g., hydraulic oil, cooking oil, diesel fuel, glycols, acrylic paint, cleaning compounds and water treatment chemicals)

  1. Notify people in the immediate area to move away from the spill.
  2. Wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) such as gloves, goggles, and aprons to prevent exposure and minimize contamination. 
  3. Using the absorbent material confine the spill, if this can be done without risk of injury.
  4. Prevent material from entering into any nearby storm or sanitary drain by blocking the drain.
  5. Clean up spill by working from the outside of the spill toward the center to minimize spread of contamination.
  6. Be sure to allow adequate contact time for complete absorption of the fluid.
  7. Clean-up the absorb content and place into a plastic bag or proper container.
  8. Properly place spill cleanup debris in a container and contact EHS for proper disposal instruction or go online for pick-up request. 
  9. Wash hands and other exposed skin after completing clean-up.
  10. Notify EHS of the spill, if you require assistance or additional information.
  11. Restock material used in spill kit.
  12. Investigate source of the spill and methods to prevent future incidents.