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Emergency Procedures


Eye contact: promptly flush eyes with water for 15 minutes and seek medical attention. Skin contact: promptly remove any contaminated clothing and flush area with water for 15 minutes. Seek medical attention if necessary.

If medical attention is needed, notify campus security (6-911) to call the rescue squad.

Report all accidents/injuries to your supervisor or the CHO.


For small fires, try to suffocate the fire or use a fire extinguisher.

In cases of large fires, evacuate the area and activate the manual pull alarm. Call campus security (86911) to report the fire. Evacuate the building.


Promptly clean up all chemical spills and properly dispose of spilled chemical and cleanup material. Consult Hazards in the Chemical Laboratory or Prudent Practices in the Laboratory: Handling and Disposal of Chemicals for specific cleanup recommendations.

For large chemical spills of volatile or toxic material, immediately evacuate the area. Call campus security (86911) to report the spill.


When the building fire alarm sounds, turn off all sources of heat, electricity and gas, and stabilize any reaction processes. Evacuate the building immediately.

Evacuate by the stairwell, not the elevator.

Laboratory worker should become familiar with evacuation routes before an emergency occurs. Supervisors/instructors/research advisers should arrange a place to meet with students in case of emergency evacuation. After evacuation, supervisors/instructors/research advisers should meet at the designated place and make sure all students are accounted for.

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