Chemical Hazard - Paterson

PCCC Student and Instructor in the classroom

CHEMICAL HAZARD


In case of chemical spills, leaks or strange odors:


1) Remove yourself from the area, and keep others away.


2) Do not walk into, touch, or smell any of the spilled substance.


3) Try not to inhale gases, fumes or smoke.  If possible, cover mouth with a cloth while leaving the area.


4) Stay away from any accident victims, until help arrives.


5) Try to stay upstream, uphill and upwind of the accident


6) Dial 911/Public Safety 973 684-5403.  Provide the administrative office or police dispatcher the following information:


a. Your name

b. Your location

c. Information about the spill (area involved, injuries, type of chemicals, amount)


IF THE BUILDING HAS BEEN EVACUATED NO ONE IS PERMITTED IN THE BUILDING UNTIL THE ALL CLEAR IS GIVEN BY THE PATERSON FIRE CHIEF OR HIS DESIGNEE OR THE COMMANDING OFFICER OF THE PASSAIC COUNTY SHERIFF DEPARTMENT’S HAZARDOUS MATERALS UNIT.


Immediate First Aid


ALWAYS BE FAMILIAR WITH ANY CHEMICALS YOU ARE WORKING WITH.


If you have been exposed to a chemical, refer to the Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) for that chemical or chemical compound.  Go to the Health Hazard Data Section, usually on the first page.  This should include First Aid Information.
MSDS copies are maintained in the laboratory and the Public Safety Office.