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Palm Beach State CollegeFlorida’s First Public Community CollegeCHEMICAL SPILL RESPONSE PLAN
1PALM BEACH STATE COLLEGECHEMICAL SPILL RESPONSE PLAN1. IntroductionDespite the best efforts of faculty and students to work carefully in the academic or photographiclaboratory, accidents resulting in the release of chemicals or hazardous waste will occur.Likewise, the potential for spills in Hazardous Waste Accumulation Areas maintained by theFacilities Department also exists.NOTE:Throughout this Plan, the term “chemical” shall alsorefer to hazardous waste.For this reason, it is essential that all personnel working in such areasor others where chemicals are used or stored know the appropriate procedures for responding toa chemical spill, and the College shall ensure that such personnel receive training in theseprocedures.2. Chemical Spill CategoriesChemical spills will fall into two categories, minor and major, which are characterized by thefollowing:Minor Chemical SpilloChemical is known.oDoes not pose an immediate or potential significant risk to safety or health, i.e., nofire, explosion or chemical exposure hazard.oDoes not have the potential to become an emergency.oCan be absorbed, neutralized or otherwise controlled and cleaned up by personnel inthe immediate area or by Facilities personnel.Major Chemical SpilloChemical is unknown.oChemical is highly toxic or reactive.oPoses an immediate significant risk to health.oInvolves a fire hazard outside a fume hood or an explosion risk.oInvolves injury to personnel in the vicinity.oResponse and cleanup of are beyond the expertise and ability of personnel in theimmediate area or Facilities personnel, and the equipment and materials foradequately containing and cleaning up the spill are not available.3. Spill Control/Containment and Clean-up Materials/SuppliesEvery laboratory that uses chemicals must have access to a spill control kit appropriate to thechemicals used with at least enough containment and cleanup materials to handle a 1 gallon spillof liquid or 1 kg of dry chemical (or the largest container in the laboratory). Although thecontents of most spill kits are common items that may be found throughout the lab, they must beconsolidated into a kit for quick access in the event of an emergency.In addition, eachlaboratory, especially those with floor drains should stock spill socks, pillows, pads and/or
2enough bulk absorbent to contain the spilled material away from the drain.Spill kits must belocated strategically near work areas so that they are easily accessible in an emergency.The following is a list of recommended items for a chemical spill kit:Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) if not already being worn (should be in a separate sealedcontainer):Safety goggles.

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