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Home Emergencies Emergency Procedures Accident or Injury (HAZMAT)

Administer First Aid

  1. Administer first aid using American Red Cross Standard Procedures.

First aid kits are located around campus. Employees should familiarize themselves with the location and contents of the first aid kit and first aid procedures.

Stay Away from Hazardous Materials

If the accident involves any known or suspected hazardous material (HAZMAT), then block off the area and tell responders.

  1. Move away from the area and find a safe location.
  2. Do not walk in or touch any of the spilled substance.
  3. While evacuating, avoid inhaling the hazardous material by covering your mouth with a cloth or shirt.
  4. Stay away from accident victims until the hazardous material has been identified.
  5. Stay upwind of the accident.
  6. Keep others away.
  7. Stay informed and follow directions from college officials and local authorities.
  8. If you think you have been exposed to a hazardous material, then inform emergency responders.
  9. If told to evacuate or shelter-in-place, then do so immediately.

HAZMAT includes any item or agent (biological, chemical, physical) that can harm humans, animals, or the environment, either by itself or through interaction with other factors. A HAZMAT release can be small – like a broken beaker in a lab setting – or large – like a ruptured tanker truck.

Helping a Person Exposed to HAZMAT

  1. Call 911 or LRPD at (916) 558-2221 (press zero to reach a dispatcher).
  2. The dispatcher will tell you how to help the victim and may ask you to do any of the following:
    • Evacuate the area and move victim to fresh air.
    • Take the victim to an eyewash or safety shower.
    • Remove the victim’s contaminated clothing.

Strange Odors

Toxic fumes can infiltrate a building from things like improperly stored chemicals, faulty refrigeration, equipment malfunctions, and engines operated near outside air intakes. If the you smell toxic fumes, then do the following:

  1. Evacuate the area.
  2. Call 911 or LRPD at (916) 558-2221 (press zero to reach a dispatcher).