Hazardous Materials Incident
A hazardous material incident may be a spill or a release of chemicals, radioactive materials or biological materials inside a building or into the environment.
Chemical hazards can be a solid, liquid, vapour, gas, dust, fume or mist. They can be inhaled, ingested or absorbed into the body.
If a spill cannot be safely contained:
- Evacuate the area immediately and notify Security at ext. 5555.
If spill is outdoors:
- Notify Security at ext. 5555 immediately.
- If you have trained in spill containment, dilute with suitable material, use spill socks and/or sand to prevent the chemical from contaminating ground water and sewer systems.
A minor spill of hazardous material is to be cleaned up by the department responsible for the material.
- Call Security at ext. 5555 and evacuate the area immediately and account for individuals in the area.
- Follow all directions given by Security Services or college management and Emergency Services.
- Emergency responders will evaluate the situation. Wait for the "All Clear" announcement before returning to the area.
In the event of an explosion (caused by a chemical, equipment, traffic or a downed aircraft) on college property, take the following action:
- Immediately take cover under tables and desks for protection against glass and debris.
- After the effects of the explosion and/or fire have subsided, from a safe location notify Security by calling ext. 5555.
- If it is safe to do so, evacuate the area/building - do not use elevators.
- Once outside, move to a clear area that is at least 200 meters away from the affected area.
- Follow all directions given by Security Services, college management and Emergency Services.
Safety Data Sheets (SDS)
- All Safety Data Sheets (SDS) are available for Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS)-controlled products on our premises.
- All employees and students who have access to an Intranet-enabled computer now have a direct link to important Health & Safety information.
- WHMIS regulations require that all employers in Canada provide up-to-date information in the form of a SDS on all hazardous or controlled products used in our workplace. These sheets include critical information on procedures for handling a particular substance, as well as possible health effects and first aid.