Saint Louis University

For a chemical spills or chemical situations 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 Safety and Services will respond to all chemical spills and incidents. Do not attempt to clean up chemicals on your own. For more information on chemical materials see The Office of Environmental Safety and Services website at http://oess.slu.edu

For all accidents involving chemical materials, contact the Department of Public Safety & Emergency Preparedness 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 and quantity of material involved
  • Do not leave the area and limit any movement until it can be determined who is affected!

IMMEDIATE ACTIONS

If there is a danger of fire or explosion:

  • Get out of the building immediately.
  • Pull the fire alarm on your way out to alert others to get out.
  • Call the Department of Public Safety & Emergency Preparedness once you are safely outside (314) 977-3000 or use an Emergency Blue Light Phone to contact DPSEP.
  • Inform the Department of Public Safety & Emergency Preparedness of the type and amount of the chemical spilled.
  • Stay upwind, up hill and upstream and away from the building to avoid breathing toxic fumes.

Recognize and respond to symptoms of toxic poisoning:

  • Difficulty breathing.
  • Irritation of the eyes, skin, throat, or respiratory tract.
  • Changes in skin color.
  • Headache or blurred vision.
  • Dizziness.
  • Clumsiness or lack of coordination.
  • Cramps or diarrhea.

If someone is experiencing toxic poisoning symptoms or has been exposed to a toxic chemical:

  • If the chemical comes in contact with the eyes, rinse eyes with water for at least 15 minutes. ·
  • If the chemical comes in contact with a person's skin, thoroughly rinse under water and then wash with soap and water.
  • If the chemical comes in contact with your clothes, remove them immediately.
  • Only discard clothing that may have been contaminated at the direction of University first-responders or environmental safety personnel. Some chemicals may not wash out of material completely.
  • Find any containers of the substance that are readily available in order to provide requested information.
  • Call the Department of Public Safety & Emergency Preparedness at (314) 977-3000.  
  • Inform the Department of Public Safety & Emergency Preparedness of the type and quantity of the chemical spilled.
  • Follow the first aid instructions provided by the Department of Public Safety & Emergency Preparedness or first-responders. The first aid advice found on containers may be out of date or inappropriate. Do not give anything by mouth unless advised to do so by a medical professional.

After a chemical agent release or event:

  • Decontamination is needed within minutes of exposure to minimize health consequences.
  • Do not leave the safety of a shelter to go outdoors to help others unless you have been directed to do so by professional responders.
  • A person affected by a chemical agent requires immediate medical attention from a professional. If medical help is not immediately available, decontaminate yourself and assist in decontaminating others.

Decontamination guidelines:

  • Use extreme caution when helping others who have been exposed to chemical agents.
  • Remove all clothing and other items in contact with the body. Contaminated clothing normally removed over the head should be cut off to avoid contact with the eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Put contaminated clothing and items into a plastic bag and seal it.
  • Decontaminate hands using soap and water.
  • Remove eyeglasses or contact lenses. Put glasses in a pan of household bleach to decontaminate them and then rinse and dry. Flush eyes with water.
  • Gently wash face and hair with soap and water before thoroughly rinsing with water. Decontaminate other body areas likely to have been contaminated. Blot (do not swab or scrape) with a cloth soaked in soapy water and rinse with clear water.
  • Change into uncontaminated clothes. Clothing stored in drawers or closets is likely to be uncontaminated.
  • Proceed to a medical facility for screening and professional treatment.

Modified from FEMA information