Chemical/Hazardous Material Spill/Release

First Contact: Designated Emergency Response Number 911 (9-911 from a campus phone)

Second Contact: Security 419-448-2211 (2211 from a campus phone)

Third Contact: Krammes Service Center 419-448-2391

Hazardous materials come in four forms: Explosives, Flammable and Combustible Substances, Poisons, and Radioactive Materials.

If a chemical spill occurs:

  1. Report any spillage of hazardous chemicals immediately to the Tiffin Fire/Rescue Division by 911 (9-911 from a campus phone).
  2. Then call Campus Security 419-448-2211 (2211 from a campus phone).
  3. Avoid contact with spilled liquids, airborne mists, or condensed solid chemical deposits.
  4. If possible, avoid inhaling gases, fumes, and smoke by covering the nose and mouth.
  5. If toxic chemicals come in contact with your skin, immediately flush the affected area with clear water. 
  6. Avoid contact with exposed individuals.
  7. Vacate the affected area at once and seal it off to prevent further contamination. If possible vacate the area in the direction upwind from the source. 
  8. Wait for emergency personnel to arrive.
  9. Follow decontamination instructions from local authorities.

If a chemical fire occurs: 

  1. Remain calm
  2. Call 911 (9-911 from a campus phone).
  3. If the fire is small and you have received training, attempt to put it out with a fire extinguisher or other available means. Do not jeopardize your personal safety. 
  4. Never allow the fire to come between you and the exit.
  5. Evacuate your area if you are unable to put out the fire. Close doors and windows behind you to confine the fire. Proceed to exit. 
  6. Do not break windows. A fire needs oxygen.
  7. Do not attempt to save possessions at the risk of personal injury.
  8. Once outside, move to a safe area away from the building. Keep streets and walkways clear for emergrency vehicles and personnel. 
  9. Do not return to the emergency area until instructed to do so by Police or Fire Department officials. 

Note: All chemical spills and fires, no matter how small, should be reported. Planning includes training in proper use of fire extinguishers and knowing their location.