Spilled Material in Laboratory SOPs


1.0   PURPOSE:

To describe the procedure for handling of spilled materials in the laboratory. 

2.0    SCOPE:

This procedure lays down the general guidelines for handling of spilled materials in the lab. 

3.0   RESPONSIBILITY:

 Lab Attendant/QC Analyst/Assistant Manager QC

4.0    PROCEDURE:

 A. Chemical Spills:
These include materials like acids, alkalis, alcohols, phenols, formalin and other such chemicals that are characterized as hazardous to health. The spills can be of three types;
1.       Minor spills
2.       Moderate spills
3.       Large spills

1.       Minor spills:
These spills should be cleaned up immediately by the laboratory staff.

2.      Moderate spills:
i.         Check the nature of the spilled materials.
ii.       Get the technical guidance from the area in-charge if the material is of dangerous nature.

3.      Large spills:
i.         Check the nature of the spilled materials.
ii.       If the spills are of hazardous level then immediately inform to the in-charge.
iii.     Evacuate the area.
iv.     Seek medical assistance for those who are affected.
v.       Persons are directly involved in the incident and should be available for assistance to facilitate the investigation.
vi.     If there is exposure to the eye or skin, assist the injured persons to an eye wash station, a deluge shower.
vii.   Generate the accident report.

B. General Procedure for clean up.
i.         Always clean all kinds of spills using protective measures.
ii.       First absorbed the spilled material on to the absorbed cloth and transfer it into the plastic bucket.
iii.     The shovel or scoop may be used if the spill is of larger size. Transfer the material into the bucket and cover.
iv.     If the spilled material can be neutralized, it should be done before absorbing on to the paper or picking by a scoop or shovel.
v.       Utmost care is required when cleaning spills of material characterized as toxic or biohazardous.
vi.     Hand over the spilled material to the sanitation staff.

C. Responsible Person:
The in-charge of the laboratory is responsible for
i.         Getting the spill cleaned up.
ii.       The use of protective equipment is needed.
iii.     Imitating evacuation if required.
iv.     Facilitating the medical assistance to the injured persons.

5.0      DISTRIBUTION

  •  Plant Manager
  •  Q.C Manager
  •  Q.A Manager 





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