Spilled Liquid

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Spilled Liquid

  1. Alert other persons to the spill and the need to evacuate the area.

  2. Determine the degree of hazard before attempting clean up and take the necessary preventive measures (i.e., protective equipment, eye protection, etc.)

  3. Confine or contain spill to smallest area possible.

  4. Wear personal protective equipment, goggles and face shield, gloves appropriate for the situation.

  5. For small quantities of Acids, use a neutralizing agent or absorbent mixture (i.e., soda ash, sodium bicarbonate, or diatomaceous earth). Bases can be neutralized by using citric acid or boric acid. Check area with pH indicating paper to insure complete neutralization.  

    NOTE: Acids/bases that have been absorbed, but not neutralized can still cause burns to the skin and eyes. HANDLE WITH CAUTION.

  6. For small quantities of flammable/combustible liquids, a commercially purchased Spill Pillow (specifically designed for solvents) can be used. Mineral absorbent materials, such as vermiculite or kitty litter can be used, but fumes can still volatilize from these materials. Commercial absorbent powders are available for purchase.

  7. For small quantities of other materials, absorb the materials with non-reactive materials (i.e., vermiculite, clay, dry sand or towels)

  8. Non-reactive absorbents, such as oil dry, vermiculite or commercially available absorbent pads should be available for liquid spills.

    NOTE: Paper towels may be used for incidental spills and for final wipe up operations, but caution should be exercised because some chemicals, such as oxidizers, may cause ignition through reactions.

  9. Mop up the spill, wringing out the mop in a sink or pail equipped with rollers. Do not use your hands.

  10. Carefully pick up any broken glass using mechanical means such as tongs or broom and dustpan.

  11. Carefully pick up and clean any cartons, bottles or equipment that may have been splashed and contaminated.

  12. If absorbent has been used to clean up flammable or volatile chemicals, it must be stored in a well-ventilated area, away from sources of heat or ignition.

  13. Double bag contaminated clean up materials and seal. These materials must be disposed of as hazardous waste. When clean up operations are complete, wash hands with soap and water for at least 1 minute. Check any non-disposable personal protective equipment (boots, respirators) for contamination. Clean, dry completely and place back in storage.

  14. When clean up operations are complete, wash hands with soap and water for at least 1 minute. Check any non-disposable personal protective equipment (boots, respirators) for contamination. Clean, dry completely and place back in storage.