Chemical Spill and bio-hazard cleanup Tips
Preparedness is essential!
Exposure to biological and chemical contaminants can pose serious health
consequences. A failure to properly remove such substances can contribute to
unhealthy and dangerous environments. SERVPRO of Lebanon/Hanover/Littleton have
professionals trained to safely clean and remove bio-hazardous substances and
dispose of them in accordance with OSHA and all health regulations.
Familiarize yourself and your employees with these simple steps in the case of a spill:
- Make sure everyone is alerted to the spill
- Determine the chemical nature of the spill, and check the Material Safety Data
Sheet (MSDS). Remember that sometimes determining whether or not a waste is a
“hazardous waste” is difficult, and that the best policy is to assume all
chemicals should be handled as hazardous waste.
- Make sure any electrical and spark producing equipment is turned off.
- If there’a fire, use the fire extinguisher right away.
- If appropriate, outfit yourself and employees in protective equipment or hazmat
gear, including respirator, safety goggles and gloves.
- If appropriate, evacuate yourself and your employees. If the chemical spilled
is toxic, volatile, or flammable, evacuation should be carried out immediately;
If the chemical spilled is hazardous or highly toxic, alert all appropriate
authorities and call 911.
- In the case of a small spill, create a barrier around the spill with absorbent
materials such as paper towels, vermiculite, or sand.
- Put up signs to prevent access to the contaminated area and warn of danger.
If your business has a policy or plan in place for these kinds of events, make
sure you know it well! If you do not have a plan of action in place or need a
more comprehensive and detailed plan to go along with what you already have;
contact SERVPRO of Lebanon/Hanover/Littleton and we will provide you with an
Emergency Ready Profile at no cost to your business.