Laboratory Safety Manual

17 Laboratory Safety Manual Environmental Health and Safety Vandalism or Theft The following steps should be included in the protocol for responding to vandalism or theft: • dial 911 • stay out of the lab (treat as a crime scene) • beware of any remaining perpetrators or malicious devices • communicate any pertinent information to the responding police officer • Contact/inform appropriate departmental personnel Medical Emergencies Develop a procedure for responding to medical emergencies in the laboratory. Be sure the procedure includes identification of the emergency, evaluation of the scene before entering (to avoid rushing into a potentially dangerous condition or atmosphere), specialized neutralization or treatment methods for specific laboratory hazards (for example: hydrofluoric acid, phenol), and instructions for contacting emergency services. Refer to Section I, “Exposure Assessment and Medical Care”. Accident Reporting (Notifications) Establish a protocol for reporting emergency incidents to all affected laboratory and department personnel. Laboratory contact information must be included in the emergency action plan. In addition, the protocol should outline how personnel will be accounted for in the event of an incident in the laboratory. Report laboratory-related accidents, injuries, and exposures as soon as possible. Safety Equipment and Supplies Determine the location of appropriate safety equipment and supplies for managing spills and accidents involving chemical, biological, and radiological materials. Safety equipment should include eyewash, fire extinguisher, first aid kit, PPE, safety shower, and spill control kit. Refer to Section D, “Equipment” for details. Utility Outages Develop procedures to shut down or control hazardous laboratory operations impacted by unexpected utility outages. Outage examples include electrical, lighting, heating, steam, gas, water, and/or ventilation. Ensure that the emergency action plan contains all pertinent information for any special hazards in your laboratory. Post your completed Emergency Action Plan inside the laboratory, near the exit(s) for easy retrieval during an incident. The plan should be reviewed and updated at least annually. All laboratory personnel must be trained on the laboratory emergency action plan. This training shall be completed prior to working in the laboratory and must be documented.