Spill or Exposure Assistance and Reporting

Biological Spills

Refer to the Biological Spills/Exposures webpage for guidance on spills and exposures involving hazardous biological materials, such as human blood and other human-derived materials, cultures of infectious agents or genetically modified materials. 

Chemical Spills

Incidental spill: 

Criteria

  • < 1-gallon, low toxicity/low volatility, contained
  • worker has cleanup experience, comfort level, PPE, and spill cleanup equipment
  • 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: 

Criteria

  • > 1-gallon, highly toxic/volatile chemical, out of containment
  • worker lacks cleanup experience, comfort level, 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

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, for an evaluation appointment. The clinic is located in the UCHealth Anschutz Outpatient Pavillion.   

Skin or eye exposure to a biological/chemical agent, rinse the affected area in a sink, safety shower, or emergency eyewash for at least 15 minutes. For needlestick or injury to the skin, wash with soap and warm water.  Provide a copy of the involved chemical's Safety Data Sheet (SDS) or human pathogen's Pathogen Safety Data Sheet 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 and injuries: file a claim​ with University Risk Management within four working days. 

Refer to the Biological Spills/Exposures webpage for guidance on spills and exposures involving hazardous biological materials, such as human blood and other human-derived materials, cultures of infectious agents or genetically modified materials.

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.