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Spill or Exposure Assistance and Reporting


Incidental spill: less than 1 gallon of a low toxicity, low volatility chemical that you can contain, have proper spill cleanup materials, know how to clean up and feel comfortable doing so, have necessary personal protective equipment (PPE), and no injuries or exposures.
  • Warn others and control access to the spill
  • Wear PPE
  • Contain and wipe up the spill
  • Collect spill debris and dispose of through EHS

Emergency spill: more than 1 gallon of a highly toxic or volatile chemical, or if you lack the experience, PPE, spill cleanup equipment, and/or there are injuries or exposures.
  • Contact EHS for emergency assistance: 303-724-0345, or police dispatch: 303-724-4444
  • Warn others and evacuate the area
  • Secure the area by closing the door, using caution tape, etc.
  • Report the spill from a safe location
  • Wait for EHS emergency responders and provide them with details


Emergency situations: call 911 or go to the closest urgent care facility or emergency room. 

For exposures involving blood borne pathogens or potentially infectious materials, call the University of Colorado Hospital Infectious Disease Clinic (720-848-0191) to verify appropriate staff is available. Clinic is located in the Anschutz Outpatient Pavillion. 

Skin or eye exposure: rinse the chemical off in a sink, safety shower, or emergency eyewash for at least 15 minutes. Seek medical treatment as follows.

For contamination with radioactive materials, notify the responder(s) and/or providers of contamination.

Non-emergency exposures: seek treatment with a Designated Medical Provider​

For all exposures: file a claim​ with University Risk Management - Workers' Compensation​ within 4 working days.

If you have any questions, pelase call EHS (303-724-0345) for guidance following a spill or exposure.

*IMPORTANT: for any incidents involving biological hazards (e.g., recombinant DNA, microorganisms, human-derived materials, or other potentially infectious materials, fill out the Incident Report Form for Biological Hazards​ within 24 hours.