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Hazardous Materials Incidents

Any spillage of a hazardous chemical or radioactive material should be reported immediately to Public Safety at ext. 2515 and the Technical Safety Office at ext. 2310 or 2311, and to the Pocatello Fire Department (911 if serious, 234-6100 if non-serious).
An Incident after hours should be reported to Public Safety. The ISU Technical Safety Office and Pocatello Fire Department have trained personnel to deal with hazardous materials and waste. Promptly report any unsafe practices and conditions to your immediate supervisor or instructor. You can also use the anonymous reporting form

Before an Incident Involving Hazardous Materials Occurs:

  • Become familiar with the hazardous materials within your building.
  • Know what the hazards are and their potential for harm.
  • Know where and how hazardous substances are being stored.
  • Become familiar with first aid procedures essential for treating injured persons.

After an Incident Involving Hazardous Materials Occurs:

  • Contact Public Safety at ext. 2515 and the Technical Safety Office at ext. 2310 or 2311.
  • Public Safety will contact the necessary specialized authorities and medical personnel.
  • When reporting be specific about the nature of the involved material and exact location.
  • Public Safety will need the following information so that they can give aid:
    • Name of caller
    • Location of caller
    • How and where contact can be re-established with the caller or another responsible party at the scene
    • What has happened
    • What Hazardous material(s) are involved
    • Where accident happened
    • When accident happened
    • type and condition of containers
    • Nature and extent of injuries to people
    • Nature and extent of property damage
    • Materials found in surrounding area
  • Public Safety or Technical Safety will provide information as to the dangers of a particular chemical, its combustibility or explosive nature, its toxicity, evacuation measures, protective equipment needed, firefighting and/or first aid measures, and cleanup procedures
  • Without endangering yourself and other personnel, contain the spill if possible. This will reduce the spread and danger of contamination.
  • Do Not walk into or touch any spilled material.
  • Avoid inhalation of gases, fumes and smoke even if no hazardous materials are involved.
  • The individual in charge at the spill should evacuate the affected area at once and seal it off to prevent further contamination.
  • Anyone who may be contaminated by the spill is to avoid contact with others as much as possible, remain in the area and give their name and other information to Public Safety personnel in the area.
  • Administer first aid only according to rescuer's training.
  • Rescue injured or trapped persons and remove them from the incident only if it is possible to do so without jeopardizing your own safety.
  • If, as a result of the spill, a danger of fire, explosion, spread of toxic fumes, or further contamination of people exists, activate the building fire alarm system and evacuate the building.
  • When the building evacuation alarm is sounded, walk to the nearest marked exit and ask others to do the same.
  • Once outside proceed to the designated area of assembly for that building. Areas of assembly are noted on the orange and white information signs posted at every entrance and elevator in each building. Stay there.
  • Immediately notify emergency personnel of any injured individuals remaining in the affected building.
  • Do not return to an evacuated building unless told to do so by emergency personnel, building or University officials.
  • Keep streets, fire lanes, hydrant areas, and walkways clear for emergency vehicles and personnel.
  • A campus Incident Command Post (ICP) may be set up near the incident. Keep clear of the ICP unless you have official business.