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.