NOTE:  Chemical spills should only be dealt with by trained staff that have a working knowledge of the spilled chemical’s hazards and the precautions that must be taken when looking after a spill.

For small spills that can be safely handled:

  1. Check the chemical’s MSDS for specific spill procedures
  2. Immediately notify all staff, students, and/or personnel in the area of the spill
  3. Wear proper PPE
  4. If the spill is flammable remove all sources of ignition
  5. Ensure that ventilation in the room is isolated from the rest of the building. Open windows and doors to the outside
  6. Remove other materials, equipment, or containers that are in the path of the spill
  7. All spilled material must be disposed of as hazardous waste.

For large spills or extremely hazardous materials where emergency assistance is necessary:

  1. Close all windows and doors and evacuate the area. If appropriate, sound the fire alarm.
  2. From a safe location, contact the fire department and inform them of the location and the substances spilled.
  3. Contact Manitoba Conservation’s emergency spill line at 1-204-944-4888.
  4. Do not re-enter the room until the fire department or other authorities have determined that it is safe.
  5. All spilled material must be disposed of as hazardous waste and will be looked after by Miller Environmental Co.