DEL MAR COLLEGEDepartment of Natural SciencesLABORATORY SAFETY PROCEDURES & GUIDELINES A Pre-Lab Course 24-Hour Emergency Number: DMC Security Office 361 / 698-1199
INSTRUCTIONS • Study the information in each module. • Take the quiz following each module. • You must score 100% on each quiz to stay registered in the class. You may take the quiz as many times as needed to achieve 100%.
TABLE OF CONTENTS Topic Module General Rules and Regulations 1 Chemical Safety 2 Biohazard Safety 3 Emergency Equipment & Procedures 4 Field Trip Safety 5
What you will learn in this Module Emergency Procedures ● What actions you should take in the event of a laboratory emergency Emergency Equipment ● Location of the Emergency Equipment ● When to use the Emergency Equipment ● How to use the equipment Evacuation Procedures ● When to Evacuate and what route to take ● What area to evacuate to and what you should do in the assembly area Reporting Requirements ● What reports you need to complete if you are involved in an accident.
DMC SECURITY OFFICESERVICES (698-1199)The DMC Security Office is open 24 hour per day. In the eventof an emergency it is important to notify the Security Officebecause Security Officers will: ● Provide immediate on-site assistance until EMS arrives ● Ensure EMS has been notified by conducting a follow-up call to 911 dispatcher ● Direct EMS vehicles to location of emergency and assist EMS personnel ● Ensure occupants evacuate building when needed ● Complete required reportsDMC Security Officers will also escort you to and from your carupon request. Please call 698-1199 to schedule an escort.
Quick Reference Poster • Posters listing emergency information are located in laboratories, classrooms and lobbies in the Garcia Science Building • As you enter the lab for the first time, review the Poster and look for the quickest way to get out of the lab and the building in case of fire or other emergency.
IN CASE OF AN:EMERGENCY ● Turn off equipment and activate shut-off button (located by the exit of each lab) ● Turn off burners and shut off gas ● Evacuate the lab if directed by your Instructor ● CALL DMC Security Office at 698-1199 ● Go get help (if necessary)
IN CASE OF A:MEDICAL EMERGENCYAction should be taken in case of a life-threateningsituation such as: ● An unconscious person ● A person choking or not breathing ● Cardiac arrest or severe breathingYou should: ● Call or have someone call DMC Security at 698-1199 ● Remain calm and assist Instructor in any way possible ● Do not move injured person unless there is danger of further harm ● Fill out an Accident/Injury Report with the Instructor as soon as possible.
IN CASE OF A:CHEMICAL OR BIOHAZARD SPILLIn the case of a spill, students should: • Remain calm • Inform the Instructor • Avoid breathing vapors from the spill • Inform people in the immediate area of the spill • Turn off all equipment (burners, centrifuges….)At the direction of the Instructor: • Contain the spill with spill pads • Evacuate the lab and wait in the hall; out of the way of emergency personnel and equipment • Call DMC Security Office at 698-1199
IN CASE OF:CHEMICAL OR BIOHAZARD CONTACTIf your eyes or skin start burning or itching, you mayhave been contaminated with chemicals or biohazards.You should remove gloves, goggles and any clothingfrom the affected area, then: ● Flush the area with water from the sink, emergency shower, and/or eye wash station as described in the next slides. ● Inform the Instructor. ● Fill out an Accident/Injury Report with the Instructor as soon as possible. ● If necessary seek medical attention.
EMERGENCY SHOWER● Push the lever● Stand under the water for at least fifteen (15) minutes● Remove contaminated clothing● Fill out an incident report with the Instructor as soon as possible.
EYE WASH STATION• Pull the handle to open the eyewash cabinet• Place the face over the fountain (eyes must be held wide open with your fingers)• Flush at least fifteen (15) minutes●Fill out an incident report with the Instructor as soon as possible.
FIRST AID KITS• Each lab is equipped with a first aid kit o Includes bandages, antiseptic, antibacterial ointment, etc.. o Does NOT contain drugs of any kind• Fill out an Accident/Injury Report with the Instructor as soon as possible.• Seek medical care from your physician if necessary
IN CASE OF: FIRE1. REPORT • Alert the Instructor • Contact DMC Security at 698-1199 and activate fire alarm2. EXTINGUISH • If the fire is small and; • If you are trained PASS Method for Using Extinguisher PULL the retaining pin on the handle of the fire extinguisher. Stand back 8-10 feet from the fire. AIM the nozzle of the extinguisher at the base of the fire. SQUEEZE the handle of the extinguisher. SWEEP the extinguishing agent at the base of the fire.
IN CASE OF: FIRE (cont.)3. EVACUATE ● Turn off equipment, gas and water you are using ● Know your evacuation route and assembly area ● Close doors to confine fire ● Activate the fire alarm (if necessary) ● Do not return to the lab until instructed to do so
FIRE SAFETY EQUIPMENTFire blankets are mainly usedto cover a person who is onfire: ● Alert Instructor and Security Office (698-1199) of the fire ● Remove Fire Blanket from the container ● Carefully cover the person to smother the fire
FIRE ALARMS● Fire alarms are located by every exit to the OUTSIDE of the building● Pull the handle on the fire alarm to activate as you exit
EVACUATION ROUTE• Refer to Emergency Quick Reference Posters for evacuation route and assembly area.• The Instructor will identify the evacuation route for the lab during the first lab session – if not - ASK them!!• To ensure that the building is unoccupied, you must remain in the assembly area until released.• Do not go back into the building or leave the assembly area until given permission to do so.
REMINDER Please complete the quiz for Module 4 before continuing.