Sample Instructions for Spill Clean Up

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Sample Instructions for Spill Clean Up

Your written Emergency Procedures need to include instructions for what to do in case of a chemical spill.  The instructions need to be relevant for the kinds of chemicals at your location.

Hazardous materials covered by WHMIS have clean-up instructions on their MSDS. These should always be followed and if special equipment is required, it needs to be on hand in case of a spill.

For other consumer products, not covered by WHMIS, here are some general tips:

  • Cordon off the area and warn people that there has been a spill.
  • Check to see if there is an MSDS for the product. If there is, follow its directions.
  • Evacuate the area if it is flammable or toxic.
  • Ventilate the area if there are toxic fumes. Don’t attempt to clean up a spill that produces dangerous fumes until they have dissipated. Then use breathing protection.
  • Use PPE such as a face mask, gloves, and goggles.
  • Absorb the spill. Use paper towels, cat litter, or another suitable means.
  • Dispose of it appropriately, as “hazardous waste” if necessary.

If the spill is dangerous or large, or if you are not sure what to do, call 9-1-1.

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