Accidents occasionally happen in a laboratory or work setting. Oftentimes, these are not the fault of anyone and there is no need to be afraid or embarrassed to report them. Some incidents may appear minor but may have a delayed reaction. It is important for your health and safety, and that of others, to make sure we know an accident, exposure or injury has occurred. Our goal is to be made aware of incidents for the purpose of preventing them in the future only. Please follow this protocol so we can all remain safe!
In case of emergency, call 202-994-6111 or 911 as soon as it is safe to do so. Seek medical attention if necessary!
Incidents that should be reported to Dept. of Chemistry:
- Any incident involving a person (e.g. cut, chemical exposure, chemical spill on person, non-lab injuries within chemistry facilities)
- Any substantial ( > 1L) or noxious chemical spill
- Any chemical spill that requires specialized clean-up (e.g. mercury)
- “Near-misses” you saw or experienced and feel we should be made aware of (may report these anonymously)
For small chemical spills or glass breaks, clean up according to SDS guidelines. If you are uncomfortable doing so, notify PI, lab manager or lab supervisor immediately. Near misses would include incidents, such as explosions under the hood, etc., where no one was injured and were easily cleaned up.
Please notify the following people/departments:
- Your Principal Investigator (PI) and/or Laboratory Supervisor
- Chemistry Department via the online Incident Report Form
- Health and Management ONLY upon instruction from Dept. of Chemistry
Reports to the Chemistry Department will go to the laboratory manager and they will follow-up regarding next steps to take, if any. For incidents that occur in teaching labs, TAs should be the reporting party.
Fill out necessary forms listed below
Required for everyone
Upon instruction of Dept. of Chemistry
For employees wishing to seek worker’s compensation
Exposure to chemicals, including contaminated sharps: In the event of an accident or exposure to a hazardous substance, employees should perform the following procedures:
- Wash/irrigate area of exposure in sink/shower/eyewash for 15 minutes
- Clean and contain area to eliminate the possibility for other exposures
- Identify chemical of exposure
- Follow SDS prescribed exposure/first aid procedures
- Seek medical attention if necessary