Appendix C: Specific Emergency Response Procedures

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The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio – Chemical Safety Committee

APPENDIX C: UTHSCSA LABORATORY-SPECIFIC EMERGENCY RESPONSE PROCEDURES

NOTE:

Use any highly toxic or acutely hazardous chemicals only after receiving adequate safety training from your Principal Investigator or Supervisor. This training is to be documented on the

Laboratory / Area

Hazardous Chemical Training Record - Texas Hazard Communication Act – Specific Training

Requirements form.

Unless otherwise specified, contact Environmental Health & Safety (210-567-2955) for all accidental spills of a hazardous material. The South Texas Poison Center may be reached at

1-800-222-1222

for medical assessment and treatment recommendations at any time for acute exposures to any potential toxin or toxicant.

For any immediate life-threatening exposure

9-1-1

should be called.

I. Chemical Information

Chemical Name:

CAS #:

Physical Form:

Physical and/or Health Hazards:

II. Emergency Response to Exposures –Describe the Procedures to be Followed

A. Accidental Exposure:

1. First Aid for Skin Exposure:

2. First Aid for Eye, Nose, or Mouth Splash:

3. Notify Supervisor

4. Remove any contaminated garments and/or PPE, place in a plastic bag, label it and wash hands

thoroughly.

5. Secure the area and notify other staff of exposure. Post a sign on the lab door to prevent others

from entering the area. Identify any equipment that may have become contaminated.

6. Clinic, Physician or other Medical Emergency Contact: a. Normal working hours:

Name:

Phone Number: b. After normal working hours:

Name:

Phone Number:

7. Additional post-exposure procedures:

B. Accidental Spill:

1. Notify other workers in the area of the spill and control traffic through area. If spill occurs in the

public corridor, contact UT Police for assistance in traffic control (7-2800).

2. Evacuate room, close door, prevent others from entering.

3. Contact Environmental Health & Safety, 567-2955, for assistance. Be prepared to provide the

following information: location of spill, time of spill, name of chemical, physical form (powder,

liquid, etc.), quantity, injured persons, security of area where spill occurred.

Additional Clean-Up Procedures:

C. Personal Contamination Due to a Spill:

1. Contact Environmental Health & Safety (7-2955) or University Police (7-2800) for

assistance.

2. Remove any contaminated clothing. Do not take home to clean.

3. Utilize nearest emergency safety shower or eyewash station.

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