Environmental Health & Safety

Hazardous Material Exposure / Spill

Immediate Actions

For exposures

Skin contact: External exposure (splash):

  • Call 911 and ask for assistance from co-workers if available
  • Start shower/eye wash
  • Remove contaminated clothing, if appropriate
  • Wash for at least 15 minutes
  • Seek additional assistance as necessary


  • Leave the area and go to an area with fresh air
  • If you have shortness of breath or trouble breathing, call 911 for help


  • Call 911 for help
  • Call the National Capital Poison Center (800) 222-1222 for poison emergencies.

For spills

If Hazardous Material Spill or Release:

  • If you have been trained and have the proper materials, contain or clean up spill and call EH&S at (951) 827-5528
  • If you have not been trained or cannot contain the spill, call 911 for help

Additional Information / Follow Up Activities

  • Report all incidents to your supervisor
  • Decontaminate all useable equipment
  • Properly dispose of hazardous waste through EH&S at (951) 827-5528

More Information

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Riverside, CA 92521
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E-mail: ehs@ucr.edu