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Chemical And Bloodborne Incident Steps


1. If you discover a spilled chemical, ensure your safety and the safety of others by immediately evacuating the area.


2. Seal off the area by closing the door as you leave and do not let others enter the area.


3. Activate the emergency response system by dialing 911.


4. Be prepared to tell them the building, floor and room number where the spill is located, the amount of material spilled and its identity, if known.


5. Contact Environmental Health & Safety for chemical spills at (PHONE NUMBER)


6. Go to a safe location and await the arrival of emergency responders. For spills outdoors, stay uphill and upwind.


7. Do not attempt to clean up the spill unless you have been trained to do so.

Chemical Contact with Your Clothes, Body or Eyes


1. Remove contaminated clothing immediately. Failure to do so may increase severity of injuries. If the chemical involved was cryogenic, and if clothing was frozen, do not remove clothes until the safety shower has melted the ice.


2. Proceed to the nearest safety shower/eyewash and flush eyes and all contaminated portions of your body for at least 15 minutes.


3. In case of chemicals getting into eyes, it may be necessary to hold the eyes open to ensure chemicals are adequately removed.


4. In all cases where chemical enters eyes, or where exposure to hydrofluoric acid is suspected, medical attention must be received immediately.


5. Removed clothing must be properly handled and disposed of in order to avoid spreading contamination.


6. Seek medical attention.

Spills Involving Blood or Other Bodily Fluids


1. If the blood or bodily fluid is not your own, DO NOT TOUCH material or otherwise attempt to clean it up! Contact with bodily fluids may expose you to bloodborne pathogens such as HIV/HBV.


2. Secure the area and do not allow others to come into contact with the material.


3. If you came into contact with the material:

  • Immediately wash the affected area with soap and water, paying close attention to any areas of broken skin. 
  • If material entered eyes, flush with water for 15 minutes. 
  • If material entered nose or mouth, rinse with water repeatedly.
  • Notify your supervisor and Student Health Services of possible exposure to Bloodborne Pathogens. 

4. Do not attempt to clean up the material unless you have been trained to do so. 

Contact Facilities Management Work Control at 744-7154 and notify them of the need for cleanup of bodily fluids. 


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