If a person is exposed to corrosive or toxic materials, immediately use an eyewash station, drench hose or emergency shower to flush the material from the affected area! Continue flushing the area for 15 minutes and remove contaminated clothing while flushing. Call 911 for EMS and hazmat response.
How to Use An Eyewash
If a chemical gets into a worker's eyes, help get them to the nearest eyewash station
- With the eyewash on, they should use their hands to force their eyelids open
- Flush eyes thoroughly for 15 minutes
- While flushing, have someone call 911
How to Use An Emergency Shower
If a worker needs to use the safety shower, they should call for help as they activate it. This will alert people to the situation and they can call 911 for medical assistance and help control the mess created by the water.
- Remove any contaminated clothing to prevent prolonged contact on skin
- Continue washing under the shower for 15 minutes or until emergency medical help arrives
- Obtain additional medical attention if necessary
Make sure your eyewash and shower are ready when you need them. See Eyewashes, Drench Hoses and Emergency Showers
Chemical Spill Supplies
Lab Chemical Spill Kits
Lab chemical spill kits are distributed by EHS. These contain two absorbent gray pads, nitrile gloves, Ziploc bags, waste tags, "Do NOT Enter" sign, and instructions for use. Each pad can absorb up to 1 liter of liquid, depending on the chemical. The kit must be kept full and in clear view at all times, and all laboratory workers must be trained in its proper use. To request a kit please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Petroleum Spill Supplies
Spill cleanup materials for petroleum spills are stationed in areas around campus. Large, yellow drums containing oil absorbent pads and booms, and clay absorbent are located at:
- Cage Central Utilities Plant
- Davis Center Loading Dock
- Given Building Loading Dock
- Trinity Campus Heating Plant
- Waterman Building Boiler Room
- Simpson Hall Mechanical Room
- Patrick Gym (PFG) Boiler Room
EHS provides training to Physical Plant personnel to ensure safe and proper use of these materials in accordance with UVM's Spill Prevention Plan (SPCC).
Contact EHS at email@example.com to arrange for other spill response resources.
Laboratory chemical hazards include flammability, corrosivity (acids and bases), reactivity/instability (water-reactive, pyrophoric, organic peroxides, etc.) and toxicity (acute and chronic). Lab chemicals are stored in small containers; usually 1-gallon or less and no bigger than 5-gallons. UVM requires lab chemical containers to be labeled with the chemical name and hazard and stored with compatible materials in appropriate locations within the lab. It is unpredictable as to what specific chemicals are used in a laboratory on a day-to-day basis. In some laboratories, new, un-named chemicals are produced. The flammability or corrosivity of these new chemicals is generally predictable, their toxicity is not.
EHS has created the Emergency Response Map (PDF), that shows campus locations expected to contain hazardous materials. This shows laboratory buildings and lists some of the non-lab locations of hazardous materials on our campuses.
The Emergency Hazards Report (password protected) lists:
- Emergency Contact People and Phone Numbers,
- Spill Response Contractors, and
- Hazardous Materials Inventories for laboratories.
*If you need this information but do not have a password, contact EHS staff through SOS (656-2560)