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Biological Emergencies

In case of bio-hazardous material spill, or exposure to a bioinfectious material or agent, do not panic. Proceed as follows:

  • Notify all laboratory personnel of the spill.
  • Restrict access to spill area.
  • Remove all contaminated clothing and place in a Biohazardous (autoclave) bag.
  • If skin is contaminated, wash immediately with mild soap and water.
  • In case of exposure* seek medical help immediately.
  • Put on clean gloves and face mask.
  • Place absorbant pads on spilled material.
  • Spray pads with a disinfectant or a bleach solution.
  • Have someone else call Environmental Health and Safety from a lab phone and report the incident.
  • Follow emergency call procedure.

    EHS Office: 726-7139  


Prevent the spread of contamination.

Do not attempt to clean up infectious material spillS without use of appropriate PPE.

If unsure, consult with Environmental Health and Safety Office.

*All animal bites and scratches; needle sticks; eye, mouth, and other mucous membrane, or broken skin contact with blood and/or other infectious materials are considered EXPOSURE INCIDENTS and must be reported immediately (see injury reporting and documentation).

For more information on bilogical emergencies,consult the Biological Safety Program Page
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