Hazardous Materials

All major hazardous materials (hazmat) spills or contamination on campus must be reported to Campus Police immediately at 694-5111. Be prepared to provide (and spell) the names of the materials involved and to describe the location, size, and nature of the incident. Material Safety Data Sheets for hazardous material used on our campuses are available on the ICC intranet on the “Safety Programs and Policies” heading in the right hand column toward the bottom of the page.

A major hazardous material emergency exists when any of these conditions are present:

  • Clean-up of a spill of a hazardous material is beyond the level of knowledge, training, or ability of the staff in the immediate spill area.
  • The spill creates a situation that is immediately dangerous to the lives or health of persons in the area or facility.
  • A large quantity is spilled (more than one gallon of liquid or one pound of solid)
  • The material spilled is highly toxic or unknown.
  • A fire hazard may be present.
  • The material has the potential to reach the environment (e.g., via a floor drain).
  • The spill is in a common area (e.g., hallway or other area accessible to the public).
  • Advanced Personal Protective Equipment (more than gloves and a half-face respirator) is required to respond to the spill.
  • A responder is unsure whether the spill should be considered “minor” or “major.”

In a major hazardous material emergency, call the Campus Police Department immediately at (309) 694-5111:

  • Evacuate nearby rooms that may be affected. If the hazard will affect the entire building, follow evacuation procedures for the entire building.
  • Isolate contaminated persons, do not allow them to leave or to spread the contamination. Avoid contamination or chemical exposure to yourself.
  • Follow the instructions of emergency responders if you may be contaminated.

Minor Hazardous Material Emergency

Request the Custodial Department respond to assess the situation. If deemed to be minor, spills of hazardous materials or waste that present no immediate threat to personal health or safety or of being released in the environment may be cleaned up by the person responsible for the spill unless they are not comfortable doing so.

Employee Responsibility

All employees working in areas where hazardous materials are used or stored are responsible for knowing the properties of the materials they use and the proper procedures to deal with spills. The Custodial Department and the Manager of Risk Safety and Benefits have primary responsibilities within ICC in spill response situations. It will be their decision if outside assistance is warranted for the spill. If neither a qualified Custodial representative nor the Manager of Risk Safety and Benefits is available, the Campus Police personnel on scene shall make the determination for additional assistance.