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Environmental Health, Safety, and Risk Management

Chemical Exposure

In the event of an emergency, call 911 from a campus phone or 278-8400 from a cell phone.

Chemical exposures occur from the following routes:

  • Inhalation
  • Ingestion
  • Dermal
  • Injection

Laboratory standard operating procedures, chemical labels and safety data sheets (SDS) should be reviewed before using a chemical. Strictly follow all recommendations and requirements.

  • Avoid exposures
    • Substitute less hazardous chemicals whenever possible
    • Use microtechniques whenever possible
    • Ensure proper ventilation
    • Utilize control equipment, such as fume hoods and safety cabinets
    • Utilize recommended Personal Protective Equipment, such as gloves, safety glasses/goggles, face shields, aprons, lab coats etc.
    • Do not eat, drink, smoke or apply make-up when working with chemicals.
    • Do not store food and drinks in the laboratory.
  • Recognize the signs of exposure
    • The SDS provides this information.
  • Know what to do if an accidental exposure occurs
    • Move to fresh air in the event of an inhalation hazard
    • Utilize a safety shower and/or eye wash for skin or eye exposures
    • Obtain medical assistance by calling 911 from a campus phone or 278-8400 from a cell phone.


Eye Wash / Safety Shower

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