From: Peter Zavon <pzavon**At_Symbol_Here**>
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] How big of a spill before you call for help?
Date: Tue, 14 Oct 2014 21:34:04 -0400
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Our criterion is based on what the group owning the spill is equipped and prepared to deal with.  That varies a great deal, but those groups that might have a spill of something know how much they can deal with properly and know to call for HazMat support if exceeded.


Back in the “old” days, the then senior people would tell the rest of us that any spill that was more than one cup (~240 ml) or stronger than coffee deserved a call for support.



Peter Zavon, CIH
Penfield, NY




From: DCHAS-L Discussion List [mailto:dchas-l**At_Symbol_Here**MED.CORNELL.EDU] On Behalf Of Phil McKittrick
Sent: Tuesday, October 14, 2014 4:37 PM
Subject: [DCHAS-L] How big of a spill before you call for help?


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?


Phil McKittrick

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