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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

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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