The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio – Chemical Safety Committee
APPENDIX C: UTHSCSA LABORATORY-SPECIFIC EMERGENCY RESPONSE PROCEDURES
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
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
for medical assessment and treatment recommendations at any time for acute exposures to any potential toxin or toxicant.
For any immediate life-threatening exposure
should be called.
I. Chemical Information
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
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:
Phone Number: b. After normal working hours:
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
2. Remove any contaminated clothing. Do not take home to clean.
3. Utilize nearest emergency safety shower or eyewash station.