Laboratory Safety Manual

43 Laboratory Safety Manual Environmental Health and Safety I Exposure Assessment and Medical Care Exposure assessment and medical care must be considered when developing laboratory procedures. Certain chemical, biological, radiological, and physical hazards require specific health monitoring. It is the responsibility of the principal investigator (PI), laboratory supervisor, and department to ensure personnel are receiving appropriate monitoring and/or medical care based on laboratory hazards. Medical Emergencies If injury, illness, or exposure is life threatening, dial 911. Be prepared to provide any relevant safety information, such as a safety data sheet (SDS). Provide assistance to injured or exposed personnel by following the First Aid Procedures. All incidents requiring first aid must be reported to Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) as soon as possible. Occupational Medicine Program The Iowa State University (ISU) Occupational Medicine Program is designed to minimize personnel health risks from workplace hazards. Hazards may include chemicals such as formaldehyde or benzene; physical hazards such as excessive noise or lasers; human pathogens, tissues and cell lines; animal handling, pathogens, tissues and cell lines; and radioactive materials or devices. The program includes workplace exposure assessments, potential exposuremonitoring, and medical surveillance. All Iowa State University personnel, including part-time and student employees, are encouraged to participate in the Occupational Medicine Program, which is provided at no charge. Refer to the Occupational Medicine Guidelines for more information. Workplace Exposure Assessment Participation in the Occupational Medicine Program requires completion of a Hazard Inventory Form. The online inventory must be completed by new employees who are exposed to hazards as part of their assigned job duties and/or current employees who have changes to their hazards or personnel information. EH&S will use this information to determine the need for enrollment in the ISU Occupational Medicine Program. Individuals and supervisors will receive an email after EH&S has completed the evaluation of the hazards, and can login to see the results. If it is determined that the individual’s workplace hazards require medical monitoring or training, the individual will receive a notice from the ISU Occupational Medicine Program with further instructions.