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Chemical Health & Safety

Lab Accident/First Aid Information

  1. Test plumbed eyewashes weekly; keep a log.

  2. Remove chemical bottles from work area of Facilities personnel working in laboratories.

  3. Stock first aid kits with Band-Aids, 4X4 gauze, roller bandages and ace bandages (no creams, ointments, etc.); report to Student Health Services (SHS) after first aid has been administered.

  4. Bypass Student Health Services and call 911 for serious injuries and true emergencies (fires, explosions, major spills, etc.)

  5. For Bleeding and Wound Care

    1. Wear clean gloves.

    2. Cover area with gauze (or clean paper towels).

    3. Apply pressure to bleeding area -- have person sit or lie down.

    4. If wound is large or person is dizzy or weak, call 911 to transport person to SHS or Emergency Room.


  6. Burns -- Heat/Chemical

    1. Heat burns: -- run cool water over area for 5 minutes, then report to SHS; if burn area is large, cover with a cool, wet cloth and call 911.

    2. Chemical burns (acid or alkaline) - flush with large amounts of cool running water for 15 minutes. For small area, report to SHS. For larger area or if person is weak or dizzy, call 911 for transport.

  7. Eye Splash Chemical

    Flush with lukewarm (body temperature) running water; turn head side to side and have water run across both eyes. Flush eyes for at least 15 minutes before going for further treatment at SHS or Emergency Room.

  8. Eye - Foreign Body (dust or metal, paint, wood chips)

    1. Cover or close eye.

    2. Report to SHS for evaluation.

      DO NOT POUR ANY CHEMICALS DOWN SINK DRAINS OR SEWER GRATES. Call EH&S (6-3613) for a NO-CHARGE chemical waste pickup.


      Issued 9/96 Department of Environmental Health and Safety, UConn, Storrs

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