ANNEX 2: Chemical Exposure Emergency Procedures

Eye Exposure

Precautionary notes:

Skin exposure:

Precautionary notes:

Inhalation exposure

Precautionary note:

Ingestion exposure

Frost burns (liquid nitrogen exposure):

Chemical spills:

  1. If possible, contain the spill yourself using the chemical spill kit located in the storage room 229 B1 (next to lunchroom). DO NOT expose yourself or others to health or life-threatening risks.
  2. Secure the area: Label the doors to the room where the spill has occurred with the “spill warning” labels (present in all labs), to prevent others from entering the area.
  3. In case of chemical exposure – follow the Chemical Exposure Emergency Procedures (above).
  4. If the spill does endanger people or can cause a fire, initiate emergency procedures. Contact emergency services, first aid agencies, and Sars Centre management. Report clearly WHO you are, WHERE you are and WHAT has happened.

Chemical Spill Kit

  1. A spill kit for hazardous chemical spills is located in the storage room 229 B1 (next to lunchroom). The kit contains materials to absorb and neutralise spills, as well as protective equipment to be worn during the clean-up, and containers for disposal of the contaminated materials.
  2. Ensure that you know which chemical was spilled and the hazards of that chemical (consult the SDS and Working Instructions) before you attempt the clean-up. Ideally, you should be prepared with this knowledge before beginning work with any hazardous chemical.
  3. If you use any materials from the spill kit, inform Grethe Underland so that replacements can be ordered.

Reporting accidents and unsafe incidents: