University of Massachusetts Lowell
Office of the Vice Chancellor for Administration and Finance
Administrative Announcement No. 10
The following describes the appropriate actions to be taken by University staff, faculty and students when spills of hazardous substances occur.
In general, hazardous spills regardless of size, will be abated/corrected only by personnel specifically trained in spill clean-up operations or by the University Spill Team. Only those individuals who are properly equipped and fully aware of the hazards in handling the specific substance(s) spilled, the associated health and environmental effects and compatibility(ies) of the substance(s) should endeavor to correct spill situations.
Note: Only trained persons familiar with the substance spilled and who have proper personal protective equipment should consider cleaning up a spill.
Personal protective wear (such as, but not limited to: goggles, Tyvek suits, respirators, gloves) shall be worn. Material Safety Data Sheets are either available in each laboratory or from the University Environmental and Emergency Management Office, 42543, or from the University Police, 44911. These data sheets shall be used as the source of information for evaluating the spilled substance.
For additional information or training concerning this procedure, please contact the University Environmental and Emergency Management Office at 42618.