Saint Louis University

Hazardous Materials (Hazmat)

For a hazardous materials incident / situation on campus contact The Office of Environmental Safety and Services at (314) 977-6885 or the Department of Public Safety & Emergency Preparedness at (314) 977-3000. A representative from the Office of Environmental Health and Safety will respond to all hazardous materials incidents / situations.  Do not attempt to clean up hazardous materials on your own. For more information on hazardous materials see The Office of Environmental Safety and Services website at http://oess.slu.edu

For all accidents involving hazardous materials contact the Department of Public Safety at (314) 977-3000. Be prepared to provide them with the following information:

  • Your location
  • If anyone is injured -- how many people; their names, approximate ages and sex; what the injuries are
  • If the spill or incident is contained to a specific area
  • The type of material and the quantity involved
  • Do not leave the area and limit any movement until it can be determined who is affected and what actions should be taken!

If you are asked to evacuate the area:

  • Do so quickly and immediately.
  • Stay alert for information on evacuation routes, temporary shelters, and procedures. Follow the routes recommended by the authorities--shortcuts may not be safe. Leave at once.
  • Take your pre-assembled disaster supplies - Go Bag - with you if you have one.
  • Reassemble at the designated reassembly area for your building or work space.
  • Remember to help your neighbors who may require special assistance--particularly those with special needs or health issues.

If you are caught outside:

  • Stay upstream, uphill and upwind! In general, try to go at least one-half mile (usually 8-10 city blocks) from the danger area.
  • Move away from the accident scene and help keep others away.
  • Do not walk into or touch any spilled liquids or other hazardous materials.
  • Try not to inhale gases, fumes and smoke. If possible, cover mouth with a cloth while leaving the area.
  • Stay away from accident victims until the hazardous material has been identified.
  • In life safety situations pay particular attention to messages from the University broadcast using the Emergency Notification System.

 

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