Department of Emergency Management


Key Campus Contacts

Emergency: 911
University Police
Non-Emergencies: 805-756-2281

Information Sources

Cal Poly Emergency Information Call Center*


Emergency Alert System*

920 AM, 1400 AM, 98.1 FM, 1610 AM (Cal Poly)


* only activated during emergencies

Additional Information

Content is Maintained by Department of Emergency Management

Phone: 805-756-6658

Laboratory Safety & Hazardous Materials Spill

Laboratory Safety Preparation

  • Maintain a clean work environment.
  • Post lab safety work rules.
  • Train all personnel on laboratory safety.
  • Inventory and label chemicals. Segregate incompatibles.
  • Keep flammables in nonflammable storage cabinets.
  • Do not block access to eyewashes, showers, or fire extinguishers.
  • Back up cultures and data off-site.
  • Investigate emergency power options.
  • Install seismic restraints on chemical storage shelves.
  • Anchor equipment and furniture. Latch cabinet doors.
  • Avoid high storage of heavy items.
  • Chain compressed gas cylinders at 1/3 and 2/3 points.
  • Do not store hazardous materials on mobile carts.
  • Dispose of chemical waste properly.
  • Review the campus Chemical Hygiene Plan for specific seismic safety guidelines for hazardous materials (Download the Safety Guidelines Document)

Hazardous Materials Spill

  • Call 911. Dispatch will report the spill to Environmental Health & Safety.
  • Evacuate the area.
  • If the spill does not pose immediate danger, wear protective clothing, isolate the spill, evacuate the scene, and limit access.
  • If there is exposure to radioactive material, keep all persons isolated until they can be examined to prevent further contamination.
  • If the spill was handled by authorized departmental personnel, report the situation to Environmental Health & Safety, 6-6662.
  • Notify the area supervisor