Spill Response Checklist
Step 1 – Identify basic information on the spill:
- Material involved
- Time of spill
- Volume and location of spill, and whether migration likely
- Whether injury occurred
Step 2 – Emergency evacuation may be required. If so:
- Sound alarms, make announcements
- Prevent others from entering spill area
Step 3 – Immediate action may be necessary, consulting Safety Data Sheet:
- Obtain medical assistance for injury
- Stop spill from continuing, obtaining personal protective equipment if necessary
- Prevent sources of ignition for flammable materials
- Prevent spill from spreading, blocking pathways
- Contain spill
Step 4 – Notification of governmental authorities and others may be required or prudent:
- Identify applicable reporting requirements from laws, rules, and permits
- Make notification as required by law and notify neighbors if appropriate
Step 5 – Notification of facility managers and other company officials as appropriate
Step 6 – Respond and clean up as required by law
- Obtain and review any Safety Data Sheets that may be applicable.
- Is the spill an OSHA incidental release that an employee can address or is an OSHA emergency response required by properly trained employees?
- Is on site cleanup equipment appropriate?
- Call outside contractor?
- Manage waste materials in accordance with law.
Step 7 – Document events, notification, and response actions as soon as practicable.
Step 8 – Make written follow-up reports to government agencies and others as required by law.
Step 9 – Review spill to determine root cause and opportunities for prevention of similar spills.
- Because there are many different types of materials that may be spilled, additional requirements applicable to specific types of materials may not be listed here.
- If there is a facility Spill Response Plan, be sure to follow it.
- If early information provided to others is determined incomplete or inaccurate, provide additional information.
- This is a general guide and not legal advice. Please consult an environmental attorney if you need advice on spills, response, or waste management.