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Southern Oregon University

(Flammable, toxic, corrosive, oxygen, cryogenic)  

 

Only trained and authorized personnel are permitted to respond to hazardous materials incidents.

 

Hazardous Gas Leaks

If a leak in a gas cylinder occurs the following steps should be taken:

  • Confine the fumes or fire by shutting the room door.
  • Sound the building fire alarm to begin evacuation.
  • Call 911 and provide information about the leak (location, name of gas leak, injuries).
  • Evacuate to safe area at least 300 feet away from the building.
  • Do not return to the building until instructed by authorities.

Suspected gas leaks or suspicious odors should also be reported to the Department of Environmental Health and Safety (541-552-6881).

 

Hazardous Spills

  • Remove yourself from the area and keep others away.
  • Do not walk into or touch any of the spilled substance.
  • Avoid inhaling gases, fumes, and smoke. Cover your mouth with a cloth while leaving the area.
  • Stay away from accident victims until the hazardous material has been identified.
  • Try to stay uphill, upwind, and upstream of the accident.
  • Call 911 immediately; provide information about the spill (location, injuries, type of chemicals, and amount of spill).
  • Leave the immediate area, but remain nearby to direct emergency personnel to the contaminated area. Advise others to stay out of the immediate area. Assist with obtaining information about the material. Provide Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS), constituents, common use, etc.