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How to get help in an emergency


Environmental Health & Safety

37 Dewey Field Road
Suite 6216
Hanover, NH 03755-3529
Phone: (603) 646-1762
Fax: (603) 646-2622


A biohazard incident is an accident, injury, spill, release, or near-miss that involves biological material.

Examples of biological materials include:

  • Human materials (cells, tissues, cultured media, blood, etc.)
  • Recombinant or synthetic DNA or RNA
  • Viral vectors
  • Cells/tissues that have been transfected or tranduced to express DNA or RNA molecules
  • Infectious or pathogenic agents (bacteria, viruses, fungi, prions, etc.)
  • Transgenic animals
  • Transgenic microorganisms
  • Transgenic invertebrates
  • Transgenic plants
Incident Response Steps

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Reportable incidents include:

  • Needle-stick, puncture wounds
  • Contact with eyes, mouth, nose
  • Inhalation of aerosolized material (large spill outside of a biosafety cabinet, centrifuge tube malfunction, etc.)
  • Contact with open wounds, scratches, cuts
  • Bites/scratches from animals carrying pathogenic agents or recombinant/synthetic nucleic acids (includes genetically modified microorganisms)
  • Environmental release of a transgenic organism, microorganism, or plant product
  • Near-misses (an accident didn't occur, but the potential was present)

How to report an incident:

  1. Complete a Biohazard Incident Report Form and submit it to the Biosafety Officer at within 24 hours. Depending on the type of biological exposure, additional reporting may be required.  Contact the Biosafety Officer for assistance in reporting procedures and in determining what steps can be taken to avoid such exposures in the future.
  2. If the incident involved an injury, please also complete an Injury/Accident Claim Form and submit it to Dartmouth Risk Management within 24 hours.
  3. Click here for detailed biohazard exposure reporting instructions.

For more information on responding to and reporting emergencies or any accidents or incidents, please review the Dartmouth College Emergency Response and Biohazard Exposure Control Plan.

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Last Updated: 9/8/22