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Personal Injury Response Overview

While all employees should endeavor to work as safely as possible, personal injury could occur.  It is imperative that all employees be prepared to respond to such an occurrence to mitigate the adverse effects of an accident in the workplace.

In the event of a personal injury, consult:

Clothing on Fire

  • If your clothing is on fire, STOP, DROP and ROLL.
  • Obtain medical attention (see table below).
  • Report the incident to your supervisor and EH&S.

Biological Spill on Body

  • Remove contaminated clothing.
  • Vigorously wash exposed area with soap and water for 5 minutes.
  • Obtain medical attention (see table below).
  • Report the incident to supervisor and EH&S.

Radiation Spill on Body

  • Remove contaminated clothing.
  • Rinse exposed skin thoroughly with water.  Wash affected area with mild soap and lukewarm water.  (If contamination remains, induce perspiration by covering the area with plastic.  Then wash the area again to remove any contamination released by perspiration.)
  • Obtain medical attention (see table below).
  • Report the incident to your supervisor and EH&S.
Chemical Splash in the Eye
  • Immediately flush the eyes with water for 15 minutes.
  • Hold the eyelids away from the eyeball.  Move the eye up, down and sideways to wash thoroughly behind the eyelids.  Obtain an SDS.
  • Obtain medical attention (see table below).
  • Report the incident to your supervisor and EH&S.

Chemical Spill on Body

  • Do not attempt to wipe or brush hazardous chemicals from clothing or skin. 
  • Flush the exposed area with tepid water from the faucet or deluge hose for 15 minutes.
  • Remove contaminated clothing at once.  To prevent eye and facial contamination, cut garments away rather than pulling them over the head.
  • Remove shoes to ensure that chemical and contaminated water has not accumulated.
  • Obtain safety data sheet (SDS) for hazard information.
  • Obtain medical attention (see table below).
  • Report the incident to your supervisor and EH&S.

Accidental Inhalation or Ingestion of Hazardous Chemicals

  • Immediately notify CUMC Public Safety (305-7979) and CUMC EH&S (305-6780). Try to determine the identity of the inhaled or ingested material.  Obtain an SDS and/or call a Poison Control Center (212)764-7667 or (212)340-4494.
  • If the employee is conscious and there is no further threat to health, move the employee to fresh air.
  • If an employee is found unconscious in an area of the laboratory where chemical vapors may pose an immediate threat, do not enter the area.  Immediately call Security for assistance.
  • Monitor the employee from a safe distance.
  • Obtain medical attention (see table below).
  • Report the incident to your supervisor and EH&S.

 

Faculty / Staff

Students

Business-Hours

Occupational Health Service -
Harkness Pavilion First Floor (305-7580)

Student Health Services -
60 Haven Avenue (305-3400)

After-Hours

NYPH Emergency Department -
First Floor of the Vanderbilt Clinic (VC)          

NYPH Emergency Department - 
First Floor of the Vanderbilt Clinic (VC)            

Report all incidents to your supervisor, fill out an Accident Report, and notify EH&S