Hazardous Material Spill

Immediate Response if You Encounter a Chemical Spill

  • Immediately call Public Safety at 212-854-5555 (Morningside) or 212-305-7979 (Medical Center), 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 comprehensive instructions for managing a chemical spill in your immediate area. If you handle chemicals regularly, be sure to read and understand these guidelines. EHS also offers training for handling hazardous materials.