Section: Safety and Security
Policy Number: 7-10
Policy Name: Removal of Dangerous Material
Date: April 15, 1975
Revisions: June 5, 1989; April 1, 1996; January 9, 2006

  1. PURPOSE

    To protect the health and safety of individuals when dangerous materials which could present an imminent danger to life and health are found in University buildings.

  2. POLICY

    The following procedure will be used when materials or items are found on University property which could present an imminent danger to life and health of the University community.

    1. The person discovering the material or item shall immediately notify the Department of Public Safety by calling 911 .

    2. The Department of Public Safety shall evaluate and control the situation and shall request the assistance of other departments or agencies (Department of Environmental Health and Safety, New Castle County Fire Board, etc.) as may be appropriate.

    3. Unless it is of such a nature that safe storage is not possible, all material shall be evaluated for proper storage and if necessary stabilized by a technically qualified person. After stabilization, material shall be securely stored until claimed, retained as evidence or properly disposed of as described in Policy 7-18.

    4. The Department of Public Safety shall notify departments and administrators of the incident in accordance with established procedures.

For more information regarding this policy, contact the Department of Public Safety (ext. 2222) or the Department of Environmental Health and Safety (ext. 8475).

Submitted by: Department of Environmental Health and Safety