Emergency spill response
If you witness a hazardous material spill that endangers people or may lead to a fire, follow these emergency procedures:
- Activate the fire alarm system. Pull the nearest fire alarm to evacuate the building.
- Call 9-1-1 as soon as you are safe. Report any details you know about the spill, such as location, material and physical state (e.g., liquid, powder), quantity spilled, and any known hazardous characteristics.
- Provide information such as the safety data sheet (SDS) or a chemical inventory to the local fire department once they arrive. The fire department will stabilize the spill but might not clean it up.
- Contact the EH&S Spill Line at 206.543.0467 for assistance with contacting a spill cleanup contractor. Outside of business hours or on weekends, contact the UW Police Department at 206.685.8973 from any campus and ask the dispatcher to contact the EH&S Staff On-Call.
Follow the instructions on the Spill Response Poster for biological, chemical and radiological releases.
Follow the instructions on the Exposure Response Poster if an exposure has occurred.