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LABORATORY & CHEMICAL HYGIENE PLAN

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

Chemical Exposure 

Although exposure or contact with hazardous chemicals must be treated symptomatically by professional medical personnel, basic first aid or response measures can be taken to minimize the adverse effects associated with the exposure.  Time is critical in implementing these first steps as follows:

Eye Contact

•  Flush with water for at least 15 minutes or until medical help arrives.
•  Seek medical attention if adverse condition persists.

Skin Contact

•  Rinse skin with running water for at least 15 minutes or until medical help arrives.
•  Seek medical attention if adverse condition persists.

Ingestion

•  Do not induce vomiting unless specifically instructed to do so.
•  Keep victim calm.
•  Seek medical attention immediately.

Inhalation

•  Remove victim to a source of clean air.
•  Initiate mouth-to-mouth resuscitation if victim is not breathing.
•  Seek medical attention as needed.

Personnel should be prepared to provide medical personnel with the name of the chemical substance(s) involved in the exposure and the conditions associated with the exposure.  An estimate of the amount of the chemical that the individual was exposed to should also be provided, along with the actual chemical container if practical and safe to do so.  A copy of the Material Safety Data Sheet should be immediately available to emergency responders and should also be faxed to the hospital before the victim arrives.  All medical emergency responses taken in association with a hazardous chemical exposure, including any injury, regardless of severity, must be reported by the Superintendent and the Science Coordinator.

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