Spills and leaks

Spills and leaks

If you come across a hazardous material leak or spill indoors:

  • If safe to do so, contain the spill
  • Secure the area, by closing and locking the doors, post signs to keep others out
  • Call 9999 or 9850 9999 if the spill is highly hazardous and requires immediate action
  • Activate the fire alarm and evacuate to the building assembly point
  • Inform first responders and emergency personnel of the exact location of the spill, as well as the type and amount of materials, if known
  • If you believe you may have been exposed to a hazardous chemical or feel unusual, seek proper medical attention as soon as possible
  • Remove any clothing that may have been contaminated and commence decontamination procedures

If you come across a hazardous material leak or spill outdoors:

  • In most cases, it is best to shelter in place unless directed otherwise.
    • Move inside a building immediately
    • Close all windows and doors
    • Turn off ventilation systems, remembering to look for window units
    • If possible, enter an interior room and seal the room (doors, windows, and vents) with towels, plastic, or tape for further protection
    • Monitor all forms of campus alerts and digital signage for further instructions
    • Be prepared to evacuate if directed by emergency personnel
  • Emergency responders have trained and prepared for incidents involving chemical spills, and they will help you, but it will take time for them to get there, you need to protect yourself for the first few minutes. Be alert and prepared
  • If you have been instructed to shelter-in-place, do not decide to evacuate instead - some areas of campus may get different instructions depending on the scope of the incident
  • If you believe you may have been exposed to a hazardous chemical, or feel unusual, seek proper medical attention as soon as possible. Remove any clothing that may have been contaminated. And commence decontamination procedures

Gas Leak

  • Do not enter any confined area where there is a risk of being overcome by gas
  • If you discover a gas leak, immediately notify the Security Control Centre on 9999 or 9850 9999 of its location
  • Alert other's in the immediate vicinity, and advise them to move to an open space, one which is well ventilated and at least 400 metres away from the leak site
  • Ensure that there are no naked flames around the immediate site of the gas leak

 

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