Laboratory Emergency Response

I. Chemical Release

Manageable Spill is categorized as a chemical or biological release that is capable of being cleaned up by laboratory staff based on their knowledge, skills, abilities, and the resources available to them at the time of the release. Chemical spills must be cleaned up promptly, efficiently, and properly. The immediate cleanup of a spill limits exposure to toxic materials prevents possible slips and falls, as well as fire and explosions.
Below are instructions on how to address several commonly found manageable spills in a laboratory setting.

II. Personal Contamination

Resources

Emergency Contacts

Medical Center

Environmental Health & Safety: 212-305-6780
Radiation Safety: 212-305-0303
Public Safety: 212-305-7979
Facilities and Custodial/Housekeeping: 212-305-3753
Workforce Health & Safety: 212-305-7580
Advisory Hotline: 212-305-7300


Morningside

Environmental Health & Safety: 212-305-8749
Radiation Safety: 212-305-8749
Public Safety: 212-854-2797
Facilities and Custodial/Housekeeping: 212-854-2222


NYPH (New York Presbyterian Hospital)

Environmental Health & Safety: 212-305-3127
Radiation Safety: 212-305-0303
Public Safety/Security: 212-305-2222
Facilities Operations: 212-305-5175
Custodial/Housekeeping: 212-305-4052


NYSPI (New York State Psychiatric Institute)

Environmental Health & Safety: 212-305-6780
Radiation Safety: 212-305-0303
Public Safety/Security: 212-305-5555
Facilities Operations: 212-305-5175
Custodial/Housekeeping: 212-543-5547


LDEO (Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory)

Fire/Medical Emergencies: 911
Safety/Security: 845-365-8822; 845-365-8990 (after hours)
POC: Howie Matza hmatza@admin.ldeo.columbia.edu


Nevis (Nevis Laboratories)

Fire/Medical Emergencies: 911
POC Stephen Marino (RARAF only): 914-591-9244

 

  • Remove contaminated clothing.
  • Flush exposed area with tepid water for 15 minutes.
  • If there are no visible burns, wash gently with soap and warm water.
  • If exposure occurs in the eyes wash the contaminant out of the eye by providing a continuous flow of water. This can be done by activating the eye wash station. Be sure to enable the “hands-free” operation, remove your gloves and hold your eyes lids open. Gently position your eyes into the water stream and flush your eyes for a full 15 minutes.
  • Obtain SDS.
  • Obtain medical attention, if necessary.
  • Report the incident to your supervisor. File appropriate accident reports and notify EH&S.

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