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Spill Cleanup Procedures


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Every laboratory should have access to spill control materials for the chemicals used in their lab. EHS supplies general use chemical spill kits. The kits consist of two parts - a five-gallon pail filled with spill pads, waste bags, signs, instructions (see below), and personal protective equipment and a 16-gallon drum filled with loose absorbant. These kits are sufficient for most materials, with the exception of hydrofluoric acid and mercury.

If your lab uses hydrofluoric acid (HF), keep a supply of spill control materials specifically designed for HF.

If your lab uses mercury or mercury-containing equipment, keep some mercury absorbing powders or sponges or similar materials on hand. Consider replacing mercury-containing equipment with non-mercury alternatives. EHS will swap mercury thermometers for digital or non-mercury liquid thermometers. Contact Kyle Angjelo at 609-258-2711.



The following practices can help prevent spills or minimize the spread of a spill:

  • Place containers of hazardous chemicals in secondary containment, such as a tray, bucket, basin or plastic tub.
  • Line benchtops with absorbent paper.
  • Move chemicals through the building on carts with lips to prevent the container from sliding off.
  • Use chemical carriers when carrying chemicals through hallways.
Secondary Containment
Chemical Carrier



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