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Fire or Explosion Involving Hazardous Materials or Hazardous Waste

Initiate the nearest red fire alarm pull station.  Immediately call the Dallas Fire Department at 9-911, then the Security Officer at 214-828-8335 (pager: 214-582-7300).

Spill/Release of Hazardous Materials or Hazardous Waste

Call the Environmental Health & Safety Manager at 214-828-8301 and Security at 214-828-8335 (pager: 214-582-7300).

The following procedures are for major incidents involving hazardous substances

Actions Required During Normal Working Hours

  1. Rescue and evacuate the immediate area.
  2. Confine the hazard.  Stop the source if safe to do so.
  3. Alert the Environmental Health & Safety Manager at 214-828-8301 for assistance.  

     Tell the Safety Manager:

  • Where the emergency is.
  • What hazardous materials are involved.
  • How large the accident is.
  • Your name.

The Environmental Health & Safety Manager will inform the Director, Facilities Services at 214-828-8250 and phone one of the following 24-hour Emergency Response Services:

 Cactus Environmental Service  214-630-3974
 SET Environmental
 972-910-0441 or 800-544-1313
 Dallas Fire Department  9-911 (depending on the severity of the situation)

If the emergency response services cannot be contacted, you may call the Baylor University Medical Center Safety Manager at 214-820-4682 for assistance.

  1. Follow instructions given by the Environmental Health & Safety Manager.  If adequate personal protective equipment is available, take action necessary to control, neutralize, and dispose of spilled materials.
  2. The Environmental Health & Safety Manager or Security will provide a Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) to the on-scene emergency responder.
  3. Assist in the incident area as directed by the Environmental Health & Safety Manager to identify and label contaminated waste materials.  The Environmental Health & Safety Manager or response personnel will contain and decontaminate the area utilizing proper equipment and materials.  The Safety Manager will transport contaminated waste materials to the hazardous material storage area and hold for disposal.
  4. The Environmental Health & Safety Manager will notify the Director, Facilities Services and Security Officer when the emergency situation is stabilized.
  5. Provide the Environmental Health & Safety Manager with information for an investigation and report.

Actions Required After Normal Working Hours

  1. Inform the Security Officer at 214-828-8335 (pager:214-582-7300).  Tell the officer:
    1. Where the emergency is.
    2. What hazardous materials are involved.
    3. How large the accident is.
    4. Your name.

      The Security Officer will call one of the 24-hour emergency response numbers listed in the previous section.  The Environmental Health & Safety Manager and Director, Facilities Services will also be notified after the emergency response service.
  2. The Security Officer will provide an MSDS to response personnel if the Environmental Health & Safety Manager is unavailable.  Emergency response personnel will contain and decontaminate the area utilizing proper equipment and materials and will transport and dispose of the contaminated waste materials.

    MSDS are available from the following locations.
    1. Environmental Health and Safety Manager’s Office in Room 25 (hard copies in binders; make a copy only).
    2. Search MSDSonline Binder View (BCD electronic database) on the  following internet site (click on first letter of product name, scroll down, and click on MSDS to view, then print a copy.

      http://binderview.msdsonline.com/BaylorCollegeDentistry/Search/AdvancedSearch.aspx
    3. Search MSDSonline main database on the following internet website (user name is tambcd and password is msds) and search for most MSDS.

      http://www.Msdsonline.com
  3. Provide the Environmental Health & Safety Manager with information for an investigation and report.