Hazardous Materials Release or Exposure

An uncontrolled release of hazardous materials—such as chemicals, infectious agents, or radiological substances—that pose a risk to human health and to the environment. Accidental exposure to a hazardous substance may also require an emergency response.

In case of a large spill (more than 5 L) of hazardous or unknown materials

  • Alert others in the immediate area.
  • Assist any injured people if it is safe to do so.
  • Call 911 and then Protective Services (780-492-5050).
  • If instructed, pull the fire alarm to evacuate the building.
  • Go to the building muster point.
  • Do NOT re-enter the building until permitted to do so by emergency responders.

In case of a gas leak

  • Exit the space immediately. Do NOT turn electrical switches on or off.
  • Call 911 and then Protective Services (780-492-5050).
  • If instructed, leave the building, alerting others as you go.
  • Do NOT re-enter the building until permitted to do so by emergency responders.

If you have been exposed to a hazardous chemical

  • Flush exposed area with water for at least 15 minutes (using an emergency shower or another source of continuous spray).
  • Call the Poison & Drug Information Service (1-800-332-1414) and follow instructions.

If you have been exposed to radioactive or biohazardous materials

  • Contact the Control Centre (780-492-5555) and request a call back from Environment, Health & Safety.
  • Seek medical treatment immediately.