Use your Emergency Contact List of who to call and follow your General Proceduresas well as the following:

If 911 is called, tell the dispatcher the nature of the spill and what is the immediate response that is needed.

Render first-aid and emergency medical treatment to the best of your ability and training. Do not move victim(s) unless you must do so for their safety and to prevent further injury. Refer to Personal Injury Emergency Response Procedure for more details.

  • Collect Spill containment kit and personal protection equipment stored; and
  • Collect SDS records stored.


Steps or Activities that should be taken Immediately for Recovery: 

Stop the source of the spill by turning off pumping equipment or plugging leaks;

  • Set up barriers to keep people and animals out. Describe what to use: do not attempt to clean the spill unless trained to do so;
  • Identify the product and read the SDS. Take proper safety precautions, according to the label and SDS, before trying to contain the spill;
  • If you are appropriately trained, contain the spill with available equipment, e.g. pads, booms, absorbent powder, etc. in accordance with the instructions described in the SDS;
  • Wear protective gloves, safety glasses, and other personal protective equipment as recommended on the label and SDS; and
  • Liquids should be covered with a thick layer of absorbent material, e.g. soil, vermiculite, cat litter, etc., and given time to be absorbed.

For large volume liquid spills, contain the spill by constructing a sand berm with a loader or use bales of straw to block the spill. Dig a dike or ditch to block the flow path and trap the spilled material. Block drains, water courses and plug tile drains. For severe spills, crush or cut off field tiles in the area of the spill using heavy equipment.

For dust, granular or powder spills, limit air movement and sweep or shovel into waste drum and seal.

Depending on the scale and location of the spill, contaminated soil may have to be removed with a loader or other equipment and applied elsewhere. Consult with spill experts for correct decontamination and disposal methods. As appropriate and when it is safe to do so, take photographs of the incident scene, damage,etc. and document actions including timeline.