Spill Response Action List

Spill Response Action List

Initial Spill Responder Action List

If it’s a minor spill, clean it up now.

A minor spill does not:

  • enter or threaten waters,
  • exceed a reportable quantity (varies by state, contact Safety), or
  • pose a safety or environmental threat.

If it’s not minor, do the following.

  • Report the Spill – Notify your supervisor, the office, and, if appropriate, the predesignated State/Local or Client authorities. Report the following: Initial responder name and location. Time, location, type/quantity of spill.
  • Determine Safe Actions – No safe actions may be possible. What is it, how can it hurt me, and what can I safely do? Check SDS for material spilled. Take safe, no-contact simple actions that may help victims, help threatened people, and stop or contain the spill.
  • Stop the Leak – Don’t contact or breathe vapors from material. Close valves, stop pumps, shut down power, move containers.
  • Control and Contain – Keep the spill from spreading. Close containment valves. Put portable containments down. Put absorbents down.
Emergency Response Action List

Follow the Spill Plan

  • Notify authorities, as needed.
  • Obtain personnel and equipment for clean-up.
  • Determine county, city, client or private property information.

Determine Safe Actions

  • Evaluate material, hazards, evacuation needs.
  • Obtain / check SDS for material spilled.
  • Determine extent, migration, weather.
  • Provide personal protective equipment, as needed.

Rescue and Evacuate

  • Determine threatened areas and populations.
  • Determine safe distances, safe refuge, and evacuation routes.
  • Activate evacuation personnel and provide for medical treatment needs.

Protect Humans and Animals

  • Suppress airborne hazards – vapors, gas, dust.
  • Notify affected workers, residents.
  • Control access to the spill site and threatened areas.

Prevent, Control and Suppress Fire and Explosions

  • Assess existing / potential fire or explosion hazards.
  • Exercise caution with oils, fuels and other flammables.
  • Control / remove ignition sources.
  • Properly handle fire water runoff.

Set Water & Environmental Protection Priorities

  • Protect drinking water resources.
  • Protect wastewater treatment facilities.
  • Protect critical or sensitive ecological areas.

Prevent Material Spread

  • Stop or slow the release.
  • Set up containments, diversions and surface impoundments.
  • Transfer materials to safe storage.
  • Keep spill from reaching sewers / storm drains.

Address Non-critical Priorities

  • Protect / remove the bodies of human and animal victims.
  • Recover property and equipment in immediate danger.
  • Prevent property and equipment damage.
  • Dispose of spilled materials.