Our chemical spill response procedures can be found here: https://www.drs.illinois.edu/AccidentResponse/ChemicalSpill.
Basically, we approach it from the other direction—when do you need to call for help. We call for help when we have “complicated spills.” If the spill does not meet the criteria for a complicated spill, it can be cleaned up by laboratory personnel.
Someone asked me how large of a spill they could clean up themselves without calling our internal emergency spill team. I realize it depends a lot on what was spilled, but let's assume it is something nasty like methylene chloride or benzene. Is there a good rule of thumb for how large of a spill (outside a hood) can be cleaned up safely?
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