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Chemical Material Spill

BIOLOGICAL HAZARDS

 

CHEMICAL MATERIAL SPILL

 

Chemical accidents may originate inside or outside building. Examples include toxic leaks or spills caused by tank, truck, or railroad accident, water treatment/waste treatment plants, industry or laboratory spills, etc.

Accidents originating OUTSIDE the building:

 

Staff Actions:

 Notify principal.

 Move students away from immediate vicinity of danger (if outside, reverse evacuation.)

 Observe wind direction by observing flags or leaves and move students appropriately.

 

Principal or Designee actions:

 Initiate Shelter in Place, shut off HVAC units, seal doors and windows, as needed.

 Call 911, notify District Support Team.

 Do not leave the building unless instructed to do so by emergency management officials.

 Document actions and complete incident reports.

 

 

Accidents originating INSIDE the building:

 

Staff Actions:

 Notify principal.

 Move students away from immediate vicinity of danger (if outside, reverse evacuation.)

 

Principal or Designee actions:

 Check the Safety Data Sheet (SDS) to determine the urgency of the situation.

 Call 911, if warranted. Notify District Support Team, Central Office.

 Initiate evacuation plan, if appropriate; avoid the area where the chemical accident occurred and any fumes which are present.

 Follow standard student assembly, accounting and reporting procedures; modify assembly area, if need, to be upwind, uphill, and upstream from the location of the spill.

 Wait for direction from the emergency responders.

 Do not take unsafe actions, such as returning to the building before it has been declared safe.

 If combustible material spill is suspected, refrain from lighting matches or candles, and do not turn off/on electrical switches/equipment, including cell phones. (Electrical sparks can trigger an explosion.)

 Document actions and complete incident reports.