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.