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Environmental Health and Safety

Emergency Equipment and Procedures

Report all life threatening emergencies by calling 911. 

Being prepared to respond to emergencies is a vital component of safety in the laboratory.  Knowing and implementing an appropriate response during a medical event, a fire, a spill or a chemical exposure will mitigate the potential consequence of each of these incidents. Prepare for emergencies by:

  1. making sure that all safety equipment are available, visible, accessible, and useable,
  2. posting emergency procedures that clearly indicate steps to take and phone numbers to call, and
  3. practicing emergency procedures through trainings and drills

To allow you to respond to minor incidents such as cuts, burns, chemical spill, chemical splash or small fires, the following safety equipment must be available in your laboratory. These equipment need to be visible, labeled, unobstructed, routinely checked, and maintained in functional condition:

         Emergency shower test kits are available in most reseach buildings:

Print and post the following documents in  conspicuous areas in your laboratory such as exit doors, designated areas for use of HF or mercury, safety bulletin or next to safety equipment such as fire extinguishers, safety showers and eyewashes.

Incident Reporting and Forms

All accidents and incidents including near misses must be reported to EH&S as soon as possible and immediately after emergency response has been completed (i. e. Emergency Responders has declared the incident area "All Clear", spills have been cleaned up and medical care has been intiated).  Use the incident report form and near miss form.


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