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Response Procedures for Personal Injuries
and/or Exposures to Radioactive, Chemical, or Biological Materials

Clothing on Fire

  • Roll person around on floor to smother flame, or drench with water if safety shower is immediately available.
  • Obtain medical attention, if necessary, by summoning the ambulance (911).
  • Report incident to supervisor and file First Report of Injury.

Radiation Spill on Body

  • Remove contaminated clothing.
  • Rinse exposed area thoroughly with water.
  • Obtain medical attention, if necessary.
  • Report incident to supervisor and Radiation Safety Office.

Chemical Spill on Body

  • Flood exposed area with running water from faucet or safety shower for at least 15 minutes.
  • Remove contaminated clothing at once.
  • Make sure chemical has not accumulated in shoes.
  • Obtain medical attention, if necessary, by summoning the ambulance (911).
  • Report incident to supervisor and file First Report of Injury.

Biological Spill on Body

  • Remove contaminated clothing.
  • Vigorously wash exposed area with soap and water for 15 minutes.
  • Obtain medical attention, if necessary.
  • Report incident to supervisor and file First Report of Injury.

Hazardous Material Splashed in Eye

  • Immediately rinse eyeball and inner surface of eyelid with water continuously for 15 minutes.
  • Forcibly hold eye open to ensure effective wash behind eyelids.
  • Obtain medical attention by summoning the ambulance (911).
  • Report incident to supervisor and file First Report of Injury.

Minor Cuts and Puncture Wounds

  • Vigorously wash injury with soap and water for several minutes.
  • Obtain medical attention.
  • Report incident to supervisor and file First Report of Injury.

For Follow-up or Non-Emergency Medical Care, contact Concentra within 24 hours (the sooner the better) for post exposure follow-up.
Concentra Health Care
7 Fayette Road
South Burlington, VT 05403
(802) 658-5756

Complete Employer First Report of Injury Form
Your supervisor is required to complete this form within 3 days of injury (or use the Student Injury Report form if appropriate). Send the original to the Risk Management Department and keep a copy.

If you have any questions, contact the Risk Management Department
at 656-3242 or at riskmgmt@uvm.edu

(*Adapted from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Office of Laboratory Safety.)

Last Updated: May 6, 2011