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Laboratory Safety

 

Emergency Procedures

Medical Emergencies and First Aid

Be prepared to administer first aid according to the following guidelines.

Basic rules

  1. Wash chemicals on the skin or in the eye as quickly as possible with cool water. Continue washing for at least 20 minutes.
  2. If medical help is required, have the supervisor or a senior laboratory worker take charge in the laboratory and accompany the injured person to University Health Services. If transport to medical help or an ambulance is required, call 911. Students who are in need of emergency services are advised to dial UTPA Police Department at (956) 316-7151, and give your name, building and room number.
  3. Reassure the injured person and watch for signs of shock (paleness, trembling, fainting).

Actions for specific accidents:

Chemicals on the skin

Wash the contact area immediately with cool water or soap and water for 20 minutes. Remove contaminated clothing.

Splashes in the eye

Immediately flood the eye with a gentle stream of cool water for 20 minutes. It may be necessary to hold the eye open. Accompany the person to University Health Services, next to the New Wellness and Recreation Sports Complex. Call (956) 316-7151 if transportation is required.

Glass in the eye

Gently hold a gauze pad on the eye to prevent the eyelid from opening and take the person to University Health Services, next to the New Wellness and Recreation Sports Complex. Call (956) 316-7151 if transportation is required.

Cuts

Minor cuts: Wash with cool water and soap to remove chemicals, then cover with a band aid.

Major cuts: Wash with cool water, cover with a gauze pad and take the person to University Health Services, next to the New Wellness and Recreation Sports Complex. Call (956) 316-7151 if transportation is required.

If it is possible that glass is still present in the wound, wash the wound with cool water, cover it lightly with a gauze pad, and take the person to University Health Services,next to the New Wellness and Recreation Sports Complex. Call (956) 316-7151 if transportation is required.

Ingestion of chemicals

Give lots of water or milk to drink and immediately take the person to University Health Services, next to the New Wellness and Recreation Sports Complex. Call (956) 316-7151 if transportation is required.

Burns

Place gauze soaked in ice water or cold tap water on the burned area. As quickly as possible replace with a pad filled with wet ice. Replace whenever the ice melts. If the burn is serious, take the person to University Health Services, next to the New Wellness and Recreation Sports Complex. Call (956) 316-7151 if transportation is required.

Shock or fainting

Have the person lie down. Loosen tight clothing, cover the person with a blanket, and talk to them reassuringly. If symptoms persist, accompany the person to University Health Services, next to the New Wellness and Recreation Sports Complex. Call (956) 316-7151 if transportation is required.