Local fire department responds to chemical spill at Purdue University
The Purdue fire department began environmental cleanup at Purdue University's Wetherill Hall of Chemistry after a hazardous spill on March 27, 2012, according to Purdue Exponent. Purdue fire chief Kevin Ply did not disclose the cause of the incident, but noted the chemical was "water-reactive" and highly flammable.
"We had a spill in one of the labs," Ply told the news source. "For precautionary purposes, we evacuated the fourth floor."
No injuries were reported after the spill. Dry sand was used to cover the area as safety crews completed cleanup efforts, Ply told the news source.
Fire officials may review various ways to control a hazardous spill, and some cleanup products can provide universal support. Using the XSORB II encapsulator, a non-leaching disinfectant, gives people the opportunity to sweep away spills.
The product instantly contains, absorbs and disinfects, turning liquid waste into solids for easy disposal. The product is especially effective absorbing tough spills that may occur in biology or chemistry labs because it includes bromine, a powerful disinfecting agent. People can leave surfaces spotless with an encapsulator that can soak up blood and other biologically hazardous waste.