The University of Arizona

Risk Management Services

Chemical Spills and Other Accidental Releases

Specific Emergency Procedures

Emergency Procedures – Main Page

Notes and Precautions

The range and quantity of hazardous substances used in laboratories require preplanning to respond safely to chemical spills. Only knowledgeable and experienced personnel should do the cleanup of a chemical spill. Spill kits with instructions, absorbents, reactants, and protective equipment should be available to clean up minor spills. A minor chemical spill is one that the laboratory staff is capable of handling safely without the assistance of safety and emergency personnel. All other chemical spills are considered major. Contact Risk Management Services (621-1790) to ensure proper procedures are being taken to clean up the spill.

Major Chemical Spill

Minor Chemical Spill

Major Toxic or Flammable Gas Leak

Minor Toxic or Flammable Gas Leak

Mercury Spill

Unusual or Out-of-Place Odor