You should only clean up small spills. Any spill larger than 50 kilograms or 110 pounds is considered an emergency, and you should call the fire department immediately. If you’re not sure about what to do, call the fire department or chemical spill emergency center. You can also consult our guide on what to do in case of a pill at openwaterhq.com.
Before cleaning up a small spill, be sure that the material is dry and has not become mixed with any other chemicals or materials such as grass, paper, mud, and so on. Look for signs that a chemical reaction is occurring: bubbling, hissing, smoking, gassing, or burning. If there is any sign of a chemical reaction, leave the area immediately and call the fire department for help.
Always wear protective gear: gloves and safety glasses or goggles as well as boots and an apron made of butyl rubber or neoprene. Goggles offer better protection than glasses against splashes and dust. Before using any chemical, check the MSDS for advice on the protective equipment needed and all other information pertinent to handling the chemical safely.
If a spill occurs indoors, ventilate the area as soon as possible.
Put the spilled material into a clean, dry plastic bag or other container. Put the bag or container inside another bag. Do not seal it. Keep an eye on it in case of a delayed reaction. When you are sure it is safe, dispose of the chemical in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions and local regulations.
Never put spilled material back into its original container. It is likely to be contaminated.
Take care not to stir up dust when you’re cleaning up a powder or solid, as the dust may react with the moisture on your skin and cause a burn or irritation. For more information on what to do in the event of a spill, be sure to read our guides at openwaterhq.com.