Hazardous Waste Management provides the McGill community with a hazardous materials (HAZMAT) spill response service for all types of accidental spills. Trained employees and equipment are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to respond to such emergencies.

Procedure for spill response

  1. Call security (Downtown 514-398-3000, Macdonald 514-398-7777).
  2. Identify yourself.
  3. Say that you are calling about a spill.
  4. Be precise about the type of spill (example: a solvent spill, radioactive liquid spill, etc.).
  5. Provide information about your location (building, floor, room number) and extent of the damage.

This information is crucial as it tells the first responder what equipment will be needed.

In case of injury or fire


When someone is seriously injured as a result of a spill, or external agencies are required (e.g. police, ambulance, fire department), call 911 immediately. Be prepared to provide the information listed above.

Emergency requiring internal help

514-398-3000 Downtown campus
514-398-7777 Macdonald campus

When the situation requires internal help, call McGill Security, 514-398-3000 for the downtown campus or 514-398-7777 on the Macdonald campus, to initiate the HAZMAT procedure. The dispatcher will initiate a response by calling us. Be prepared to provide the information listed above.

Once the incident has been dealt with, a Spill Report will be prepared.

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