Policy, Scope and ApplicationResponsibilities; Employee Information;Employee Training; Student Training; Authorized Chemical Use;Control Measures, General Requirements;Specific Requirements; Protective Equipment; Fume HoodsExposure Monitoring; Medical Surveillance; Incidents; Waste Disposal; Chemical Exposure; Chemical Spills; Appendix


An incident is defined as any unexpected occurrence that has the potential to cause adverse consequences to employee and student health, safety, and the environment, including school property.  This potential can be both current and future if the incident is allowed to happen again by not taking appropriate corrective actions.  All incidents must be reported to the Administration on supplied “Incident Reporting Forms” (or equivalent) so that steps can be taken to prevent a recurrence.  Examples of incidents that must be reported include:

•  Personal injuries or illnesses associated with a hazardous chemical or chemical activity.
•  All chemical spills that are not “minor” in nature as defined in this section.
•  Fires.
•  Explosions or implosions.
•  Unauthorized use of chemical substances.
•  Out of control chemical reactions.
•  Unusual odors or human reactions associated with environmental conditions.
•  Break-ins or theft of equipment and chemicals.
•  Any emergency response activity (i.e. paramedics, fire department, evacuation, etc.)

Incident reporting forms are to be completed and submitted to the Science Coordinator.  These forms must be filed within twenty-four hours of an incident.  Instructors should state the corrective actions that were taken or are planned to prevent a reoccurrence of the incident.  The administration will review this information and suggest or require additional actions to be taken.

The following information presents general actions and guidelines to be used in various situations.  As all incidents are situation dependent, instructors must be familiar with System emergency and reporting systems.