Any release (spill) of a chemical or petroleum product to the ground, open waterway, sanitary sewer, storm drain or air, requires quick action on the part of those involved or anyone who notices the release. If there is a spill, Environmental Health & Safety should be notified during regular business hours. If the spill is large, or if emergency conditions develop as a result of the spill, University Police should be contacted immediately. Promptly reporting and initiating a clean up of the spill will mitigate further damage and prevent potential fines or penalties. EH&S will review the initial response and advise what additional response actions may be necessary by the campus departments involved or others. This includes contacting the necessary authorities, dispatching clean-up crews and fulfilling any reporting requirements.
For information on appropriate actions to take if you have or notice a spill, please click one of the following links:
- Oil Spill Flyer
- Minor Oil Spills
- Large Spills and other Emergencies
- Additional Spill Response Information
Additional Spill Response Information
Facilities that store large amounts (bulk storage) of hazardous substances need to be familiar with, and implement the requirements of the documents noted below. For additional information, please contact the Manager of Environmental Protection.
Implement the Emergency Response/Contingency Plan whenever an incident (i.e. spill fire or explosion) presents a hazard to human health or the environment.
Chemical Bulk Storage Spill Prevention Report for preventing and responding to hazardous chemical spills, accidents or releases from bulk chemical storage tanks.
Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure Plan for preventing and responding to petroleum/oil spills, accidents or releases of petroleum products.