Hazardous Material Spill

Immediate Response if You Encounter a Chemical Spill

  • Immediately call Public Safety at (212) 854-2797, or call 911
  • If possible, identify the material, but avoid touching it or breathing in fumes
  • Move away from the scene of the accident, and help others move away. If outdoors, move upwind

Local Chemical Spills

Columbia's department of Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) has a comprehensive set of instructions for managing a chemical spill in your immediate area. If you handle chemicals regularly, be sure to familiarize yourself with these guidelines. EHS also offers training for hazardous materials handling.