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Hazardous Substance Emergencies

Hazardous substances create extremely dangerous situations if not handled correctly.

Handle All Hazardous Substances with Care

No matter how comfortable you might feel handling hazardous substances inside or outside of the classroom, it's best to act with great care. If an accident or spill does occur, follow these guidelines.

Chemical Spills

  1. Report all chemical spills immediately to the Safety Office (208-496-2457) and Campus Security (208-496-3000)  
  2. If a spill is life-threatening or presents a fire hazard, evacuate the area immediately; contact Campus Security (208-496-3000) or 911 
  3. Keep the area free of non-essential personnel 
  4. Do not allow smoking or an open flame near the chemical spill 

Fumes, Vapors, and Gas Leaks

If you detect a vapor, fume, or gas leak in your area and cannot determine the source, leave the area immediately. Post a “DO NOT ENTER” sign on the building and notify the Safety Office (208-496-2457) or Campus Security (208-496-3000).

Radioactive Spills

In the case of a radioactive spill, your first responsibility is to your own safety. Loss or damage to materials and equipment under emergency conditions is a secondary consideration. Take immediate measures to prevent contamination spread only if they can be completed safely.

  1. Immediately evacuate a contaminated room or area 
  2. Seal off the room to prevent entry 
  3. Post a “DO NOT ENTER” sign on the entrance 
  4. Immediately notify the Safety Office (208-496-2457), Campus Security (208-496-3000), and the area supervisor 
  5. Do not begin decontamination procedures until the situation is evaluated by a radiological health officer. Only begin decontamination procedures if an accident involves contaminated wounds.