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Chemical Spills

For situations that threaten fire or explosion and spills in which hazardous vapors are present, sound the building fire alarm. If you have bodily contact with the spilled material, immediately remove any contaminated clothing and flush all areas affected with large amounts of water (with the exception of chemicals that react with water). Be aware of hazardous materials in your area.

Call Security, ext. 2111 and/or 9-911.

  • Identify yourself and the reason you are calling.
  • Identify the exact location of the emergency.
  • Identify the nature of the emergency.
  • Identify any injuries or symptoms involved.
  • Identify all hazardous materials involved, if you know them.

In the case of noxious fumes or fire, pull the fire alarm. Evacuate the building, maintaining a safe distance and leave a clear access for arriving emergency personnel. Do not return to the area until instructed to do so by emergency personnel. Be available to advise emergency response personnel when they arrive. Someone responsible for the room or building should be present to provide details of the incident.

Notify emergency personnel of those injured or exposed to the effects of the spill (safety shower, medical attention, etc.).

The following link provides access to Luther's Material Data Safety Sheets. The MSDS system provides an inventory of chemicals used on campus and remedies in the case of an accidental exposure.