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  • Hazardous Materials Incident

    If you are involved with or observe a hazardous material (biological, chemical, fuel, or oil) spill, incident, or release for which assistance is needed:

    • If the incident is indoors, close and lock all doors in order to isolate the area.
    • If possible, open windows to outside.
    • Establish exhaust ventilation, if possible. Vent fumes to outside of building.
    • Place barricades and warning notices at access points. Post staff by commonly used entrances to direct people to other routes.
    • From a safe area, call Public Safety 218.277.2449.
    • Be prepared to provide the following information regarding the spill or release:
      • Name of the material
      • Quantity of material
      • Time of the incident
      • Location of the incident
      • If anyone is injured or exposed to material
      • If a fire or explosion is involved
      • Your name, phone number, and location
    • Follow instructions provided by the dispatcher.
    • Arrange for someone to meet the emergency responders.
    • Evacuate, if necessary. Help those needing assistance. Remain in a Designated Assembly Area until released by emergency responders.
    • Present the Material Safety Data Sheet of involved substances to emergency responders if this information is available.

    Do not attempt to clean up a spill or release unless you are trained to do so and have the proper equipment.

    If you are notified of a hazardous materials incident, follow the instructions provided by the emergency response officials:

    • Clear the area immediately if instructed to do so by the emergency responders, providing assistance to those with special needs.
    • When evacuating, move crosswind, never directly with or against the wind.

    If you observe what you believe to be an unauthorized release of any pollutants to the environment, call Public Safety (218.277.2449) immediately.