If you have an accident or other highway incident involving the release (spill) of hazardous material(s), the following procedures** should be followed:
- Notify or have someone notify emergency response agencies immediately. This may be accomplished by telephoning “911.” Provide the following information
- Your Name
- Your Company Name
- Location of the accident
- Identity of the spilled material(s)
- Nature of the accident
- Any special handling instructions
- Stay at the accident scene (if possible) to provide information to emergency response personnel; provide any shipping papers, manifests, or other information that may help identify the spilled material(s).
- Avoid contact with the spilled material(s), stay upwind, and keep out of low areas.
- Warn other approaching the scene of potential hazards. Keep unnecessary people away.
- Shut off ignition sources; no flares, smoking, or flames in hazard area.
- Contain the spilled material(s) if it can be done safely. Divert liquid away from streams or sewers. Prevent powdered substances from being spread by the wind.
- Remove containers from potential sources of ignition if you can do so without risk.
- Stop leaks if you can do so safely.
**Compliance with these procedures in no way preludes the necessity for compliance with specific emergency incident requirements.