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5.4.1 Incidental Spills

A spill is considered incidental if the criteria below are met:


  • The spill is a small quantity of a known chemical. 
  • No gases or vapors are present that require respiratory protection.


  • You have the materials and equipment needed to clean up the spill. 
  • You have the necessary proper personal protective (PPE) equipment available.


  • You understand the hazards posed by the spilled chemical. 
  • You know how to clean up the spill. 
  • You feel comfortable cleaning up the spill.
  • You know how to properly dispose of spill cleanup procedures.
  • You have a procedure to replace items used during the spill cleanup.