07 Oct 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.