Hazardous Materials

Any uncontrolled release of hazardous materials is considered a spill and should be dealt with in an appropriate manner.

Hazardous Materials

What to do if there is an explosion or fire?

  • Evacuate immediate area, closing doors behind you
  • Activate fire alarm
  • If possible, control fire with the appropriate extinguisher but do not place yourself or others in danger.
  • Do not attempt to rescue injured persons if doing so places you in danger.
  • Everyone must evacuate the building when a fire alarm sounds, closing doors as they leave. Follow “Evacuation Procedures.”
  • Call 911 to ensure that the Fire Department received the alarm. Follow “911 Procedures.”
  • Wait for emergency personnel outside the main entrance of the building. Provide information on hazardous materials involved (e.g. Safety Data Sheet [SDS]).
  • Do not re-enter the building until the Fire Department gives permission to do so.

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What to do if there is a gas leak?

  • Call 911.
  • Shut down equipment.
  • Evacuate building, closing doors as you leave.

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What to do if there is a chemical, bio-hazard or radiation spill?

Any uncontrolled release of hazardous materials is considered a spill and these procedures must be followed.

  • Evacuate immediate area. Shut down equipment.
  • Isolate area and prevent re-entry.
  • Call 911 and follow “911 Procedures.”
  • Provide the following information about the spilled material to the operator.
  • Location (street address, building / department, room number)
  • Any injuries
  • Chemical Name
  • Quantity
  • Hazards
  • Do not hang up until the operator releases you.
  • Wait for emergency personnel outside the main entrance of the building. Provide information (e.g. SDS).
  • Call Campus Security at 604-822-2222.
  • Inform Supervisor or Department Head.

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What do you do with the Safety Data Sheets (SDS)?

  • Must be readily available at the worksite.
  • Always refer to SDS prior to handling any hazardous material.
  • Hazardous products must be properly labeled.
  • For additional information see the SDS web page.

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What do the WHMIS symbols mean?

Symbols and Pictograms are graphic images that immediately show you what type of hazard a hazardous product presents.

  • WHMIS 2015 Pictograms (Note: Each Pictogram is accompanied by the physical and health hazards classes/category that it represents)

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