Hazardous Materials Release for CATWatch

In Case of Major Chemical, Biological, or Radiation Spill or Release:

If the spill is an emergency (i.e. it presents an immediate threat of fire, or creates health symptoms).

  1. If possible without endangering yourself, shut off any sources of ignition or the source of the spill.
  2. Evacuate the immediate area, closing the doors behind you.
  3. If building evacuation is necessary, pull the fire alarm or call the UVM Police Services at 911. They will dispatch Burlington Fire Department to evaluate the scene.
  4. Wait outdoors for Burlington Fire, UVM Police Services and/or Risk Management Department or Radiation Safety Office representative to arrive, and identify yourself to them.
  5. Be prepared to provide the following information:
    • Your name
    • The specific location of the spill
    • The name of the substance spilled
    • The quantity of the substance spilled

If the spill is not an emergency, so that building evacuation is not necessary (i.e. clean up can wait an hour or more), call Service Operations (656-2560), select 1, and ask to contact Environmental Safety Facility staff for help in managing the release.

Blood, Bodily Fluids or Biohazardous Materials Release or Spill

If a person is injured, call 911 to request an ambulance and stay with injured person.


Human blood can transmit viruses that can lead to diseases such as Hepatitis and AIDS. Due to this possibility, avoid contact with other people’s blood.

Small Spill of Blood or Body Fluids:

Drops of blood from a small cut can be covered with a wet paper towel. Follow this with bleach or other disinfectant. Thoroughly wash your hands with warm soap and water following a clean-up.

Large Spill:

Custodial Services have proper training, protective equipment and disinfectants to clean large spills of blood and other body fluids; they may also call in special clean-up contractors for this purpose. For this service, call Service Operations at 656-2560 to have custodial services paged.

Blood Exposure:

If a person comes into contact with another’s blood or body fluids, he or she should immediately and thoroughly wash the affected area with warm soap and water. Contact does not necessarily mean disease transmission, but a medical evaluation may be in order. The person with blood contact should proceed to the emergency room if warranted or call Risk Management at 656-3242 within 24 hours to arrange for follow up medical attention.

Sewage Back Up:

  • Call Service Operations at 656-2560 to have a plumber and custodial services paged.
  • Custodial Services have proper training, protective equipment and disinfectants to respond to sewage clean up; they may also call in special clean-up contractors.
  • Avoid tracking through the spill as much as possible. Plan on leaving the area until they are able to complete the clean up. Remain available, as they may need advice about the disposition of contaminated article.