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In case of an Emergency

Or call:

Dave Lee 612-624-0616 (w)
         612-221-8382 (cell) 
         612-510-2192 (pager)
Maureen Scaglia
         612-685-2205 (cell)

For issues that are not an emergency (lights, etc), is needed to go through the
website. Visit www.ahcrbms.umn.edu and complete the Reporting Problems Form.

If you have any questions about handling incidents or injuries that happen in the workplace, contact:

Phone: 612-626-5008 
Email: uohs@umn.edu

If you have an injury

  • If it is not critical, go to Boynton health services for help.
  • If it is an emergency, go to Fairview's Emergency room

Employee responsibilities in an injury

Accident Investigation Worksheet

Worker's Comp Incident Report

In case of fire

In the event of a known or suspected fire, staff should follow RACE emergency fire response procedures:

Relocate people away from danger

  • Remain calm and reassure students and visitors.
  • Relocate yourself and others away from the fire.

Activate alarm

  • Activate the closest fire pull stations.
  • Call 911 and report the fire.

Contain the fire and smoke

  • Close all manual doors and windows.
  • Shut down critical equipment or potentially hazardous experiments if safe to do so. Shut off main gas if safe to do so.

Extinguish, if safe to do so and you are familiar with handling a fire extinguisher

  • Remember to follow the PASS procedure: ◦Pull the pin
  • Aim at the base of the fire
  • Squeeze the handle
  • Sweep the base of the fire

Fire alarm

  • When the alarm has sounded, all employees, students, and visitors must orderly evacuate the building through the nearest safe exit route.
  • Employees should meet outside of the building at a predetermined relocation point.
  • Do not re-enter the building or laboratory until the Emergency Responders have notified everyone that it is safe to return!

Hazardous Waste

Hazardous waste management website

Chemical spill

Small Chemical Spill

Small spills are those that do not pose an immediate hazard. For small spills, if the researcher has been properly trained and is comfortable handling the spill, he or she may clean up the spill using the following procedure:

  • Clean up the spill using a spill kit or other appropriate materials
  • Package clean up materials as hazardous waste

If you would like additional guidance for spill cleanup, contact DEHS at 6-6002.

Lab staff are responsible for cleaning up small lab spills (spills less than 100 ml).

Immediately decontaminate the surface.

  • Put on gloves, safety glasses and other PPE as appropriate.
  • Place paper towels over the spill.
  • Gently pour a disinfectant on the towels, and allow the area to soak for about 30 minutes before cleanup.

If broken glass or other sharp equipment is involved, scoop up the material with a dust pan or piece of cardboard to avoid the risk of injury. Place the materials in a puncture-resistant container.

Place towels and gloves in a biohazard bag after clean-up, and wash your hands.

Moderate or Large Chemical Spill

For spills that pose an immediate hazard, or if the clean up is too much for the researcher to handle or the researcher feels uncomfortable handling the spill, the researcher should:

  • Evacuate the area and alert others
  • Confine the spill by closing doors and isolating the area
  • Call 911. Provide the following information to dispatch:
  • Building, room, or location of the spill
  • Caller’s name, location, and phone number
  • Type of emergency
  • Is there a fire or explosion, or is anyone injured?
  • Name and amount of material released

You may be asked to:

  • Restrict traffic and personnel into area if safe to do so
  • Remain available for follow up
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