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Spill Procedures and Reporting

 

The information on this page was developed to assist you in handling and reporting variouls types of spills. If he spill is small, follow the stps below and contact Enviromental Health & Safety (EHS )for waste pick up.

 

If the spill is large, notify the Police, 911 or EHS immediately.

 

Environmental Health & Safety (EHS)
UHD Police
Emergency

713-221-8040

713-221-8911

713-221-8065

911

 

Laboratory Spill Procedures for Small and Large Quantities

Facilities Management Spill Procedures

 

 

Laboratory Spill Procedures for Small and Large Quantities

Small Chemical Spills (Average .5 Liter)

Step 1.

Alert people in immediate area of a spill and ask them to step away.

Step 2.

Wearing PPE, including safety goggles or face shield, compatible gloves and lab coat. Contain area with kitty litter, vermiculate, or sand to keep from spreading on the counter or on the floor.

Step 3.

Use appropriate spill kit to neutralize and adsorb inorganic acids and bases. Example: Strong Acids can be neutralized with sodium bicarbonate.  Strong Bases can be neutralized with sodium bisulfate or citric acid.

Step 4.

Clean neutralized spill area with soap and water if possible.

Step 5.

Collect residue, place in container, and label it. Call EH&S for waste pickup (713-222-5396) or (713-221-8040).

Small Flammable Spill (Average .5 Liter)

Step 1.

Alert people in immediate area of a spill and ask them to step away.

Step 2.

Wearing PPE, including safety goggles or face shield, compatible gloves and lab coat. Contain area with kitty litter, vermiculate, or sand to keep from spreading on the counter or on the floor.

Step 3.

Contain area with inert material or go directly into the clean-up phase.

Step 4.

Soak up material using absorbent spill pillows and pads

Step 5.

Clean spill area with soap and water if possible.

Step 6.

Collect residue, place in container, and label it. Call EH&S for waste pickup (713-222-5396) or (713-221-8040).

Large Chemical Spills (4 liter jugs or more) or Highly Toxic Chemicals (LD/50 of 150 mg/kg or less)

 

Step 1.

Do not enter room if a large spill is suspected or a highly toxic spill is suspected.

Step 2.

If you have entered the room, leave the room immediately and shut the door

Step 3.

Do not attempt to clean!

Step 4.

Notify and alert people around you to evacuate. Sound Pull Station Alarm if necessary.

Step 5.

Notify UHD Police, 911, or EH&S immediately (713-222-5396) or (713-221-8040).

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Facilities Management Spill Procedures

(SPCC) Spill Prevention Control & Countermeasure Plan

Purpose: To protect the "navigable" waters of the United States, a business or organization must develop a plan that would prevent any oil pollution from contacting any water resources. Pollution generated from properties can reach navigable waters through runoff into floor drains, catch basins, drainage swales and reach storm sewers, drainage ditches, storm water ponds, or channels that would ultimately transcend upon a river, lake, pond, bayou or ocean.

If you discover an oil leak from:

          • A transformer
          • Above ground storage tank
          • Waste oil drum
          • An emergency generator
          • Kitchen grease disposal unit
          • Electrical transformers
          • Hydraulic reservoir

 

Follow these steps:

 

1.
 Identify the source and material causing the spill/leak if safe to do so.
2.
Exacuate area if imminent danger is apparent for fire or explosion. If such a hazard exists, call

911

3.
Notify EH&S (713-221-8040) and UHD Police (713-221-8911) for assistance.
4.
Locate Emergency Response Oil Spill Kits located in nearby area.
5.
Don PPE located inside kit (eye protection, gloves ,tyvek, boots, etc.)
6.
If reasonably possible and trained to do so, try to stop the leak.
7.
Surround the spill area with sorbent materials to contain it from spreading and reaching drains or water pathways. Apply drain covers if available.
8.
Environmental Healty & Safety ( EHS) must be notified to contact appropriate personnel. UHD's EHS Manager communicates to all state and federal agencies for reporting, documenting, and emergency response purposes.

Most spills greater than 25-gallons are considered reportable quantities to TCEQ and other regulatory agencies (Emergency Personnel, Federal Agencies and to State/Municipal Authorities) and must be reported by them. The UHD SPCC Plan has a list of instructions and contacts.

 

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Last updated or reviewed on 1/31/14

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