Laboratory Safety Manual

16 Laboratory Safety Manual Environmental Health and Safety Fire Emergencies For all fires, personnel are required to: activate alarm, dial 911, and evacuate Only use a fire extinguisher if it is safe, someone has activated the fire alarm and called 911, and you are trained in its use. Additional information is contained in the Evacuation Procedures web page and the Fire Safety Guidelines. Spill/Release Containment and Cleanup Methods Develop cleanup/response procedures for the chemical, biological, and radiological materials used in the laboratory. Incorporate any specialized neutralization and decontamination methods for the materials used (for example: biohazardous materials, hydrofluoric acid). These procedures should be part of the Emergency Action Plan and the laboratory standard operating procedure. The following generic spill/release procedures have been developed to provide a basis for laboratory-specific methods. • Chemical Releases to the Environment • Chemical Spill - Small • Chemical Spill - Large • Compressed Gas Leak Procedure • Mercury Spills • Radiological Spills and Contaminations Intruders An intruder is any unauthorized person who makes inappropriate or unwanted entry into the laboratory. Establish a protocol for responding to a laboratory intruder. The following steps should be included in the protocol for responding to an intruder: • require all unknown laboratory entrants to identify themselves and their purpose • report all laboratory intruders by dialing 911 • do not attempt to detain the intruder • inform PI/supervisor and other laboratory workers • note the physical description of the person • conduct a quick inventory of the laboratory • communicate any pertinent information to the responding police officer and make necessary departmental contacts