Emergencies and Chemical Spills

Emergency Procedures

Call "911" for all campus emergencies. Examples of emergencies include:

  • Medical emergencies
  • Fires/explosions/smoke
  • Chemical spills that present an immediate hazard to people and/or the environment. For example:
    • Due to known chemical properties (e.g., toxicity, reactivity, etc.)
    • If chemical in unknown
    • Volume of spill
    • Location of spill (e.g., shared space or public hallway, release to environment)
  • Large water events
  • Natural gas odors

For more detailed information regarding emergency procedures and planning, visit the University of Minnesota Chemical Hygience Plan.

Non-Emergency Assistance from UHS

For incidents that do not pose an emergency situation but assistance from UHS is needed, dial (612) 626-6002 during normal business hours (Monday – Friday, 8AM to 5PM). For assistance after-hours, dial (612) 626-6002 and follow the auto-attendant instructions to be transferred to the UHS on-call staff member. 

Examples of non-emergency incidents requiring assistance from UHS include:

  • Non-emergency chemical spills that do not pose a threat to people outside of the immediate area (e.g., small spill that is contained in a lab)
  • Mercury spills
  • Biological spills 
  • Radioactive material spills
  • Odor complaints (other than strong natural gas odors)
  • General consultation and guidance

Note: If you are unsure of whether the incident is an emergency situation or not, always err on the side of caution and dial 911.

Emergency Planning

The University's Department of Emergency Management can help you develop an emergency plan specific to your department or situation.