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At Dartmouth College laboratory safety is a collaborative effort which encompasses many different facets and potential hazards. Some hazards include radiation, chemicals, biological agents, temperature, pressure, vacuum, equipment and machinery to name a few.
In simple terms the goals are to understand the associated risks of your work, minimize the hazards involved and be aware of those hazards that cannot be eliminated. By doing these things we can work to perform and teach science safely. Protect yourself and those around you by anticipating problems and working to prevent them.
Fire or Medical Emergency - Dial 911
(DHMC/Hospital Complex - Dial 5555)
Chemical, Biological or Radiological incident: 646-1762
Emergency Pager for nights and weekends: (603) 442-1058
1. After prompt enter all seven digits of your call back phone number
2. Wait for confirmation the page was sent
3. Remain near the phone to answer return call from EHS staff
What can we help you with?
- Report an injury
- New Faculty information
- BioRaft (i.e. basic use information)
- SDS Lookup (Safety Data Sheets; formerly MSDS)
- Hazardous waste collection request
- Radioactive waste collection request
- Scientific Equipment Clearance
- Laboratory Moves/Closures
- Laboratory Survey Form
- Researcher Input/Feedback
- Request a consultation (i.e. chemical safety, biosafety, radioactive work, work practice assessment, personal protective equipment, safety audits, lab group review)
Hazardous Materials Incidents
Isolate the problem - close doors and keep people away
- If problem is known, small in nature and you are comfortable cleaning up, use the EHS supplied spill kit in the lab.
- If problem in UNKNOWN and beyond your ability and comfort level, isolate the area and call EHS.
- For any injury or possible exposure: Seek medical attention, report the incident to EHS and complete an Accident Report.
Biological Exposures (BSL2 agents/human blood/body fluids)
- Wash skin with Povidone Iodine or soap and water
- Immediately irrigate eyes and mucous membranes with large volumes of water. Notify your supervisor. Report to Occupational Medicine (653-3850) at DHMC or DHMC emergency room.
- Immediately flush area with large volumes of water. Remove contaminated clothing. Continue flushing for at least 15 minutes. Get medical attention.
Radioactive Material Exposure
- For skin contamination, wash with soap and water. Use care to avoid damaging the skin. Minimize spread of contamination. Notify EHS immediately.
For laboratory safety questions:
Michael Cimis - Senior Associate Director
Katrina Morgan - Associate Director/Radiation and Laser Safety Officer/Waste Manager
Brenda Petrella - Biosafety Officer/Lab Sustainability Manager
Jason Angell - Laboratory Compliance Officer
Laboratory Safety - Links
OSHA Safety and Health Topics - Laboratories
OSHA Laboratory Safety Fact Sheets