Hazardous Materials

Placards or signs are posted outside all rooms containing hazardous materials or equipment.

CHEMICIAL SPILLS:

Detailed safety procedures are in place in all campus laboratories where dangerous materials are used and stored. If you encounter a chemical spill and no trained individuals are in the area:

  • Notify Campus Police at (304) 367-4357
  • DO NOT walk into or touch any spilled material.
  • Avoid inhaling fumes, smoke and vapors, even if no hazardous materials are involved.
  • ISOLATE the area by sealing it off or closing doors.
  • Notify people in neighboring offices and classrooms.
  • Turn off space heaters and extinguish open flames in the area.
  • EVACUATE the affected area or building and do not re-enter the area until told to do so by authorized emergency personnel.
  • Most chemicals are odorless so remember just because you can’t smell it doesn’t mean it’s not harming you.

RADIOACTIVE MATERIALS

Minimal radioactive materials are utilized in some campus laboratories. Those that might be encountered are considered low-level sources of radiation and pose minimal threat when properly stored and handled. If you encounter what you believe to be radioactive material:

  • Notify Campus Police at (304) 367-4357.
  • DO NOT touch the material.
  • ISOLATE the area by sealing it off or closing doors.
  • Notify people in neighboring offices and classrooms.

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