For any emergency, including fires, chemical spills, injuries, accidents, explosions, and medical emergencies, dial 2222 from any University phone or by using the blue-light emergency phones, located in common areas throughout campus. If a University phone is unavailable or inaccessible during an emergency, dial (254) 710-2222 from a cell phone. Baylor PD personnel will respond, determine whether additional assistance is needed and alert others who can help.
All accidents must be reported to the department of Risk Management and copied to the department of Environmental Health and Safety on an Incident Report Form. Services provided by Risk Management can be found on the web under Risk Management.
In the event of a fire, Baylor PD should be notified immediately at 2222 from a campus phone or (254) 710-2222 from a cellular phone and the following actions are recommended:
There are several types of fire extinguishers available. See the Fire Extinguisher Advisory to determine which type is best for a particular chemical or procedure
In the event of any injury or illness where assistance is needed, contact Baylor PD at 2222 or (254) 710-2222. If an ambulance is needed, PD will arrange for one. Public Safety staff can transport individuals with minor injuries to the Student life Center as appropriate.
First Aid Kits
First Aid Kits maintained by University departments and offices must:
The supplies listed above are required by OSHA regulations.
All work-related injuries or illnesses must be reported to supervisors and the Chemical Hygiene Officer.
The following procedures should be followed in the event of chemical exposure. In all cases, the incident should be reported to your laboratory manager, supervisor or principal investigator, regardless of severity. Consult your supervisor to determine whether or not an Incident Report Form form should be completed.
Chemicals on Skin or Clothing
Do not use solvents to wash skin. They remove the natural protective oils from the skin and can cause irritation and inflammation. In some cases, washing with a solvent may facilitate absorption of a toxic chemical.
For flammable solids on skin, first brush off as much of the solid as possible, then proceed as described above.
For hydrofluoric acid on skin, rinse with water for 5 minutes. Apply 2.5% calcium gluconate gel, a tube for your lab can be obtained prior through EHS. If not readily available, continue rinsing for 15 minutes. In all cases, seek medical attention immediately.
For phenol concentrations more than 10%, flush with water for 15 minutes or until the affected area turns from white to pink. Apply a solution of 400 molecular weight polyethylene glycol, if available. Do not use ethanol. Proceed as described above.
Chemicals in Eyes
Accidental Ingestion of Chemicals
Accidental Injection of Chemicals
Wash the area with soap and water and seek medical attention, if necessary.
Most laboratories or chemical storage areas must have a complete Emergency Information Poster affixed on or near each entrance to the room. A copy of the completed form must be sent to BUPD. Laboratory workers must review the poster for accuracy every six months and replace it as necessary and at least every two years.
The following information should be supplied on every poster:
The purpose of the Emergency Information Poster is to provide an easily recognizable and consistent means of displaying essential information about the status and contents of laboratories and facilities, primarily for the benefit of persons attempting to cope with an explosion, fire, natural disaster, or other emergency. Such information is important for the safety of emergency personnel and is often of considerable value in evaluating and dealing with the emergency.
In the absence of current and accurate information, responders may take an extremely conservative approach to handling the emergency and the response may become disproportionate to the actual hazard. This may lead to a delayed response that could result in an emergency of greater magnitude or, at the very least, lengthen the disruption of normal activities.
During an emergency, the poster may be used as the primary source of information about a room or space. Therefore, the information on the poster should be complete and accurate.
Determining If Posting Is Necessary
An Emergency Information Poster is required if any of the quantities listed here are exceeded:
For the purposes of the Emergency Information Poster, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Hazardous Material Classifications are used for determining the hazard class of materials. These classifications are numbered 1 through 9 and may be found on shipping labels, some material safety data sheets (MSDS), and container labels. If the actual class is not listed, descriptive words may be found on container labels or in the material's MSDS to assist in determining the hazard class.
All accidents, injuries, or near-misses should be reported to your supervisor or Principal Investigator.
If a laboratory worker believes that he or she has been over-exposed to a chemical, the worker or supervisor should contact EHS at 710-2900, regardless of whether or not signs or symptoms are noted. EHS will contact the individual and lab manager to conduct an incident investigation.
Baylor University EHS encourages a culture of reporting all incidents and near misses. Incident investigations are conducted to work towards safer working environments and practices. These investigations are not to assign blame or responsibility for an accident.