Policy Name: Chemical Spill Discharge Response
Responsibility for Maintenance: Campus Safety and Security
Most Recent Changes: January 31, 2011
I. Policy Statement
and discharges of chemicals, including petroleum products, have the potential
to cause harm to human health and the environment if appropriate procedures are
not implemented as soon as possible following the spill. Onondaga Community
College seeks to minimize the potential for spills and discharges through best
management practices, and strives to ensure compliance with all applicable
environmental, health and safety laws and regulations, including those related
to spill management.
II. Reason for Policy
that personnel and outside contractors who work with chemicals, including
petroleum products, are aware of the appropriate procedures to implement in the
event of a spill.
III. Applicability of the Policy
policy applies to all personnel and outside contractors using chemicals at the
College, and to all departments using, handling, storing or disposing of
chemicals, including petroleum.
IV. Related Documents
- 40 CFR Part 112 – Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasures
- Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure Plan
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
United States Environmental Protection Agency
Precautionary Measures. The time to prepare to handle a spill is well before it occurs.
Appropriate precautions and the proper equipment will alleviate many of the
potential complications associated with the spill of a chemical. Implementation
of the following practices, to the extent practicable, will decrease the
likelihood of a spill or the resultant impact if a spill occurs:
- Substitute a less hazardous chemical, procedure, or piece of
- Always store chemicals in containers with closed caps.
- Use secondary containment whenever possible. Trays and wash basins
work well. Plastic bottles should be used when possible.
- Do not store chemicals on the floor, on desks, or above eye level.
- Check shelving capacity and ensure that overloading or
overcrowding does not occur.
- Practice good housekeeping. Clutter increases the likelihood of a
spill or accident.
- Minimize excess chemical storage. Purchase only the amount needed.
Spill Kits and Clean Up Supplies. Anticipate chemical spills
by having appropriate cleanup and safety equipment on hand. These cleanup
supplies should be consistent with the hazards and quantities of substances
used. Commercial clean-up kits are available that have instructions, absorbents,
neutralizers, and protective equipment. These kits should be located
strategically around areas where chemicals are used, stored or handled.
Spill Response Procedures. If a spill does occur, the following procedures should be used:
- Notify all personnel in the area of the spill or release and
- If the spill or release presents a possibility for injury to human
health or the environment, immediately evacuate the area.
- Pull a fire alarm if building evacuation is necessary.
- Do not touch light switches or electrical equipment.
- Follow directions from emergency personnel.
- If spilled material is flammable, extinguish flames and all other
sources of ignition.
- Maintain ventilation.
- If it can be done safely, obtain a copy of the Material Safety Data
Sheet (MSDS) to review applicable spill response procedures.
- Contact Campus Safety and Security at 498-2311 from a secure
location if there is a fire or other imminent threat.
- If it can be performed safely, protect the life and health of
persons in the area, but do not do so if it will jeopardize your safety.
- Do not expose yourself or allow others to be exposed to any unknown
- Use caution and remember that toxic substances may have no odor or
other warning properties at air concentrations that can cause severe health
- For extremely minor spills which do not present any potential for
harm to human health or the environment, utilize appropriate measures to
contain the spill.
Spill Reporting. Campus Property Management and/or Campus Safety and Security will
be responsible for making required notification(s) to regulatory agencies,
whether the DEC or the U.S. EPA. Such notification(s) will be made in
accordance with applicable laws and regulations.
by OCC Board of Trustees April 3, 2006
and approved by the President January 31, 2011