Hazardous Materials Release / Shelter-In-Place
In the event of a hazardous material release:
- Call 9-1-1.
- Do not attempt to clean up the spill unless specifically trained and outfitted to do so.
- Turn off all ignition and heat sources.
- Cover mouth with a cloth and try not to inhale gases, fumes, or smoke.
- Leave the area immediately and keep others away.
- Stay upstream, uphill, or upwind of the release.
- Provide public safety officials with information about the spill, type of chemical (if known), and the spill area.
- Re-enter the building only when an “all clear” is provided by public safety officials.
If advised to shelter-in-place:
- Go inside a building immediately.
- Close and lock all windows and doors.
- Turn off A/C, if possible.
- Enter an interior room and seal the room (doors, windows, and vents) with towels, plastic, or tape for further protection, if possible.
If you are exposed to a hazardous material:
- Call 9-1-1.
- Individuals exposed to hazardous material should avoid contact with others.
- Remove all contaminated clothing, ensuring not to contaminate other areas of your body.
- Flush with copious amounts of cool water for 15 minutes, ensuring that you don’t scrub the chemical onto your skin.
- Exposed persons should receive or seek medical attention.
Source: UF Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S)
EH&S – Hazardous Materials Injury/Exposure
Version Date: September 2021