Spill or Exposure Assistance and Reporting

Incidental spill: 

less than 1 gallon of a low toxicity, low volatility chemical that can be contained

worker has proper spill cleanup materials, knows how to clean up and feels comfortable doing so

has necessary personal protective equipment (PPE)

no injuries or exposures.

Actions

  • Warn others and control access to the spill
  • Wear PPE
  • Contain and wipe up the spill
  • Collect spill debris and dispose of through EHS 

Emergency spill: 

more than 1 gallon of a highly toxic or volatile chemical

worker lacks cleanup experience, PPE, or spill cleanup equipment

there are injuries or exposures.

Actions

  • Warn others and evacuate the area
  • Report the spill from a safe location by calling

EHS: 303-724-0345,

or 911 from any campus phone

or police dispatch from a cell phone: Anschutz: 303-724-4444 | Denver: 303-556-5000

  • Secure the area by closing the door, using caution tape, etc.
  • Wait for emergency responders and provide them with details

Exposures

Emergency situations: call 911 or go to the closest urgent care facility or hospital emergency department.   

For exposures involving bloodborne pathogens or potentially infectious materials, call the UCHealth Infectious Disease/Travel Clinic, 720-848-0191. The clinic is located in the UCHealth Anschutz Outpatient Pavillion.   

Skin or eye exposure to a chemical, rinse the affected area in a sink, safety shower, or emergency eyewash for at least 15 minutes. Provide a copy of the involved chemical's Safety Data Sheet (SDS) to the healthcare provider.

For contamination with radioactive materials, notify the responders and/or providers of contamination. 

Outside of business hours, visit the closest urgent care facility or emergency department.

Non-emergency exposures, seek treatment from a Designated Medical Provider.​.​

For all exposures: file a claim​ with University Risk Management within four working days. 

IMPORTANT: for any incidents involving biological hazards (e.g., recombinant DNA, microorganisms, human-derived materials, or other potentially infectious materials), submit the Incident Report Form for Biological Hazards​ within 24 hours.