Indoor Air Quality Awareness

Report
Presented by: Environmental Health Safety &
Risk Management
Small spill: 5 gallons or less of known
chemical (low risk)
Large spill: greater than 5 gallons of known
chemical or any size spill of unknown or
seemingly toxic chemical (high risk)
Who do you call?
What do you do?
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Safety First
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Stop the Spill
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Contain Spill
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Cleanup Spill
◦ No ignition sources
◦ Protective equipment as needed (gloves, goggles, boots)
◦ Upright container, turn off valve, turn punctured container
so hole faces up
◦ Use granular sorbent or pads to absorb spill
◦ Place pads or sorbent into heavy plastic bag or drum for
disposal
◦ Put a label on the waste container
◦ Call EHSRM for waste pickup 5-3616
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Safety First
◦ No ignition sources
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If possible Stop the Spill at its source
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Call 911
◦ Tell them you have a spill on campus
◦ Give location and identify material
◦ City of San Marcos Fire Department is our Primary
Responder
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Call EHSRM 5-3616 to notify about spill.
◦ We support Fire Department and make all notifications.
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Texas State will report the spill if it meets
the definition of “reportable quantity”
Texas State reports to Texas Commission
on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) and the
National Response Center
The Environmental Health Safety and Risk
Management Office will report the spill.
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Hazardous chemical spilled to soil or water
above a reportable quantity (1200 chemicals
with r.q.)
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We have over 10,000 chemicals onsite
Table 302.4 in 40CFR 302
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Oil, gas, diesel, kerosene release that makes
a sheen on navigable water (San Marcos
River, Sessoms Creek)
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Spill of hydraulic oil near Jones Dining Hall
(2005)
Backhoe sliding into pond near JCK (2008)
One quart of oil can cause big sheen
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Oil, gas, diesel,kerosene release spilled to
land over 25 gallons
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Any other waste (paint, photo developer,
nonhazardous waste) greater than 100
pounds spilled to water.
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100 pound = about 12 gallons
Chill water release of ferric chloride to River (2004)
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TCEQ 24-hour Emergency Spill Reporting:
1-800-832-8224
TCEQ Alternate Reporting Number:
1-512-239-2507 or 1-512-463-7727
TCEQ Region 11 office if the spill occurs
during office hours:
1-512-339-2929
National Response Center:
1-800-424-8802
3-gallons of gasoline to
soil:
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Response:
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Excavate soil and place in drum
Call EHSRM to pick up drum and/or supply drum
Not a reportable release (i.e. less than 25 gallons)
10 gallons of oil onto
pavement
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Response:
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Attempt to stop the source of the spill
Call 911 (greater than 5-gallons)
Block storm water inlets
Not a reportable release (i.e. less than 25 gallons)
3 gallons of oil onto
pavement
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Response:
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Soak up oil with granular absorbent or pads
Contain waste in a bag or bucket with label
Spray pavement with MicroBlaze®
Call EHSRM to pick up waste
Not a reportable quantity (i.e. less than 25
gallons)
3 gallons of Sulfuric Acid
onto concrete
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Response:
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Call EHSRM to assist: 5-3616
Block storm water inlets
With EHSRM, spray pavement with Sodium
bicarbonate solution
Absorb with granular sorbent and place in bucket
with lid.
Not a reportable quantity (i.e. less than reportable
quantity of 100 pounds).
5- gallons of paint rinse water
to the storm drain (accidentally)
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Response:
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Don’t ever do this on purpose
Call EHSRM to assist
Look for discharge at outfall and dig up or soak up if
on water
Not a reportable release (i.e. less than 100 pounds)

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