Spill Solids



Department of Safety and Environmental Compliance


  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. Generally, solids of low toxicity can be swept up into a dustpan and place into a container compatible with the chemical. Damp toweling should be used to pick up and transfer materials of a higher toxicity level to a compatible waste container. Make sure the material is not water sensitive before using this procedure.

  4. Dispose of residue as hazardous waste, remembering brooms, dustpans and other items may require disposal as hazardous waste also.

  5. Double bag contaminated clean up materials and seal.

  6. 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.

NOTE: Highly reactive solids, such as alkali metals, are best-gathered using tongs.