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Chemical Spill

Call Earlham Public Safety at 765-983-1400 to report releases or spills of hazardous materials inside of buildings.


  • Evacuate the immediate area and close and lock the doors, if possible, when a spill or release of a hazardous material occurs.
  • Call Earlham Public Safety from a safe location outside of the release area, and then call your supervisor. Provide information such as what was spilled or released, where and how much was released, and any information known about the toxicity or hazards of the substance.
  • Campus Public Safety will assess occupant safety based upon the information provided and contact Maintenance or Richmond Fire Department for assistance.
  • If the release involves a small quantity of low-hazard material, evacuate the area affected. Wait for assistance at a safe location outside of the room or area.
  • Record the names of all individuals who were in the area at the time of the release in case they need to be contacted for a health-related follow up later.
  • Public Safety may provide instructions to start a building evacuation if the spill or release involves:
    • An unknown substance or a solid, liquid or gaseous material that is poisonous, flammable, or reactive. (Examples include formalin, compressed gases, acetone)
    • Any spill that is spreading rapidly. Even a low-hazard water spill can cause structural damage, injuries to others or damage equipment.
    • Supervisors and individuals involved in the spill should immediately report to the Public Safety personnel when he/she arrives at the scene

If the building is to be evacuated, follow the Fire Evacuation Procedures, and:

  • Keep people together at an assembly point upwind from the spill.
  • Inquire about injuries and symptoms of exposure. Provide this information immediately to emergency responders.
  • Begin a sign-in sheet at the assembly point so individuals can be contacted for exposure-related follow up after the evacuation.
  • Only small, low-hazard spills may be cleaned up by the spillers, and only after the spill has been reported to Public Safety and assistance is on site.
  • Never attempt to clean up any spill unassisted.

All appropriate safety measures must be in use during the cleanup.

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Richmond, Indiana
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