Use disinfectant wipes to clean up the spill and put the wipes in double plastic bags.
Contact waste management to clean the area and to throw away the supplies you used to clean up the spill.
Always treat any unlabeled container as if it contains hazardous materials.
Put the container in a bag and take it to waste management to be thrown away.
Do not pour the material down the drain.
Do not put the material in the normal trash.
Do not let it get into the air.
If you work with hazardous materials:
Read the Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) for all materials you use.
Know what type of PPE to wear.
Learn about exposure risks, such as whether the material can cause cancer.
Know how to use the material and how to store it or throw it away when you are done.
Other tips include:
Never enter an area where radiation therapy is taking place.
Always use the safest container to move materials from one area to another.
Check bottles, containers, or tanks for leaks.
Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Healthcare. https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/healthcarefacilities/index.html. Accessed February 24, 2014.
Jatin M. Vyas, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor in Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Assistant in Medicine, Division of Infectious Disease, Department of Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Isla Ogilvie, PhD, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.