Hazardous Materials Release / Shelter In Place

gatorsafe_icon_web_HAZMATIn 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, 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:

  • Move 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, being sure not to contaminate other areas of your body.
  • Flush with copious amounts of cool water for 15 minutes, being sure not to scrub the chemical on your skin.
  • Exposed persons should receive or seek medical attention.

Source: Environmental Health & Safety

Additional information available at: http://www.ehs.ufl.edu/emergencies/hazmat_injury/

Version Date: August 2016