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What are hazardous materials?

A hazardous material is any item or agent (biological, chemical, radiological, and/or physical), which has the potential to cause harm to humans, animals, or the environment, either by itself or through interaction with other factors. 

What should I do if...

Hazardous Material Splashed in Eye

  • Immediately rinse eyeball and inner surface of eyelid with water continuously for 15 minutes.
  • Forcibly hold the eye open to ensure effective wash behind eyelids.
  • Obtain medical attention.
  • Report the incident to a supervisor.

Radiation Spill on Body

  • Remove contaminated clothing.
  • Rinse the exposed area thoroughly with water.
  • Obtain medical attention, if necessary.
  • Report the incident to a supervisor and a University radiation safety officer.

Chemical Spill on Body

  • Flood the exposed area with running water from a faucet or emergency shower for at least 15 minutes.
  • Immediately remove contaminated clothing and shoes.
  • Make sure chemical has not accumulated in shoes.
  • Obtain medical attention.
  • Report the incident to supervisor and a department chemical-hygiene officer.

Biological Spill on Body

  • Remove contaminated clothing.
  • Vigorously wash the exposed area with soap and water for one minute.
  • Obtain medical attention, if necessary.
  • Report the incident to supervisor and a University biosafety officer.

 

For more information on hazardous materials, refer to Pitt’s EH&S website.

Pitt EH&S Hazard Communication Program