Do not attempt to clean up a chemical spill unless you are trained and have the proper protective equipment to perform the clean up.

If a corrosive or toxic chemical comes in contact with your skin, immediately flush the affected area with water for at least 15 minutes, then notify University Police (859-572-7777) or dial 911 (identify yourself as an NKU employee or student) as soon as possible for medical assistance.

If the material poses an immediate threat to humans or the environment, the following procedures shall apply.

  • Immediately notify building occupants in the area where the spill has occurred. Notify the local fire department at 911 (identify yourself as an NKU employee or student). If you contact University Police at (859) 572-7777 or 911, a police dispatcher will ensure that the fire department is notified. Also ensure that the ventilation system for the building is shut down. Request that Facilities Management shut down the HVAC system for your building. Give the following information:

    • Building name and/or number
    • Floor number
    • Room number
    • Type of incident
    • Chemical(s) involved (if known)
    • Estimate volume of material(s) involved
  • If you are in the immediate area of the chemical emergency, evacuate the area. Make every attempt possible to direct evacuating personnel away from the immediate spill area.
  • If you come into physical contact with the spilled material, immediately remove any contaminated clothing and flush all areas of bodily contact with large amounts of water for 15 minutes. Use a safety shower if one is available.
  • Ensure that medical assistance is obtained for those injured or exposed. Call 911 (identify yourself as an NKU employee or student).

If the material does not pose a threat to humans or the environment, the following procedures shall apply.

  • Alert others in the area and block area.
  • Contact University Police (859-572-7777) if any of the chemical(s) enters a drain or if there is an exposure that could cause harm to human life.

If you are thoroughly familiar with the hazards of the spilled material, have been trained to confine and clean up spills, and have access to appropriate personal protective clothing and equipment, attempt to confine the spread of the spill as much as possible.

  • Place waste in a proper container and label the container with a hazardous waste label.
  • If you come into physical contact with the spilled material, remove any contaminated clothing immediately and flush all affected areas with large amounts of water for at least 15 minutes. Use a safety shower if one is available. 
  • If needed, the Office of Safety & Emergency Management (859-572-6522) will notify the appropriate response agencies and assist in the cleanup of the release materials.
  • Contact your supervisor to report the spill.