An emergency spill of any substance, although usually a hazardous substance, that meets any of the below requirements:
- Any spill that enters into a body of water (e.g. Guichon Creek, Burrard Inlet) or a storm sewer.
- The size of the spill or level of hazard of the substance is likely to cause significant impacts to health and safety, institute assets, or institute operations.
- Any spill where you are unsure of the level of hazard or impact, or are otherwise unable to safely clean
(e.g. lack of equipment, procedures, training, etc.).
If you have/find an emergency spill situation, please do the following steps:
- Report the spill to BCIT Security (604-451-6856) ASAP, then to your supervisor.
Information to include in the report:
- What are the contents of the spill, and approximately how much has spilled.
- Where is the location of the spill?
- Are there any injuries requiring first aid or 911, or is there a high hazard associated with the spill?
- Has the spill entered any bodies of water/storm sewers?
- When did the spill occur, or is spill caused by an ongoing release (and if so, when did it approximately start)?
- What spill response or containment activities have been performed so far (e.g. evacuated area, placed spill socks or other spill clean-up items to contain spread, etc.)?
- Clear the spill area.
- Direct people away from the spill
- Help anyone affected by the spill go to emergency wash stations in the area as needed (e.g. emergency showers, eyewash, etc.).
- If safe to do so, ensure any equipment or processes that may be impacted by the spill are shut off (e.g. power or gas shut-off, etc.).
- If safe to do so and if the necessary equipment is available, contain the spill and/or prevent further spillage.
- Only perform this step if you have the training and spill cleaning equipment available, and only act where safe to do so.
- Place spill socks or pads near exit routes (doorways, openings, etc.), sewers or drains, or near any equipment/assets that could be impacted by the spilled material.
- Shut-off any active release source (e.g. closing spigot, shutting line, etc.).
- If you are unsure if safe to act, do not do the task.
- Remain in a safe location until BCIT security and other emergency spill response arrive.
- Provide any further information to spill response personnel.
- You will not be required to re-enter the spill site unless BCIT HSE deems it safe to do so.
- Report the spill incident in IRIS.