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Hazardous Materials


Hazardous waste is a waste that is dangerous or capable of having a harmful effect on human health or the environment.

Characteristic hazardous wastes are materials that are known or tested to exhibit one or more of the following four hazardous traits:

  • Ignitability
  • Reactivity
  • Corrosivity
  • Toxicity

All chemical and biological materials are considered hazardous. Members of our University community who use or have responsibility for hazardous materials must follow safe handling, storage, transportation of special wastes and to ensure that there is compliance with applicable legislation.


In the event of a spill which involves the release of a type or quantity of a chemical that poses an immediate risk to health or uncontrolled fire or explosion:

Minor Spill

  • Immediately notify the lab or room occupants of the spill and evacuate the area
  • If you are training for hazardous material spill cleanup and the spill is small, then you may clean up the spill and report it to both your supervisor and Occupational Health and Safety

Moderate Spill

  • Immediately notify the lab or room occupants of the spill and evacuate the area
  • Close doors behind you on the way out
  • Notify your supervisor of the spill as well as Occupational Health and Safety
  • If help is required for the cleanup, immediately contact Occupational Health and Safety and/or Campus Security

Major Spill

  • Once out of the immediate area and harms way and if full building evacuation is required, then activate evacuation by pulling the nearest fire alarm and immediately contact 911 and/or KPU Security
  • Provide as much information about the spill including chemical name, quantity, injuries etc.

Safety Tips

  • Anyone handling Hazardous Materials must be trained in the proper and safely use, handling and storage. Ensure your supervisors have made this training available prior to any use.
  • It is also important to have a spill kit in a well identified area of where the chemicals are stored, handled and used.
  • Contact Occupational Health & Safety for more information and training