There are two categories of fires that may occur in the lab: minor or incipient fires and those that are larger and may involve the structure of the facility. In both of these situations it is most appropriate to call 9-1-1. GVSU faculty and staff, who have received proper training, may (voluntarily) respond to incipient fires by using the nearest fire extinguisher. For safety information regarding flammable materials, click here.
For minor or incipient fires;
For larger fires;
Fire extinguishers have been placed in each lab and research space using hazardous materials at GVSU. The fire extinguisher in the laboratory should be the appropriate classification type for the expected fire.
Minor spills are small quantities of material that you understand the hazards of and are comfortable that you have the training and ability and to clean up appropriately. If you are unsure of the hazard of a spill or proper response procedures contact your Lab Supervisor, CHO or Public Safety. All minor spills should be cleaned up immediately as follows:
Potentially Hazardous Spills may be larger in quantity or spills of highly hazardous materials including materials of low LD50, carcinogens or reproductive toxins, reactive, corrosive or flammable liquids, or metals, and materials if unknown toxicity. Such spills should be cleaned up as follows:
Evacuation of the building is mandatory if chemicals or contaminants can enter the air circulation system of the building. GVSU labs are exhausted to the outside. Hallways and offices are not.
Spill Kits - Ready access to a spill kit is required in laboratories that work with hazardous materials and employees should be trained on its use. The basic supplies that should be available in a spill kit should be determined by area lab supervisors or faculty based on the hazards of materials used or stored in that area. Contact the CHO or your area Lab supervisor if you want assistance in selecting appropriate spill supplies and PPE.
For medical emergencies dial 911. For employees seeking non-emergency medical treatment, under current GVSU policies and procedures, affected employees must seek care from an approved facility (list maintained by Human Resources). Injured students seeking non-emergency medical attention are to make their own decisions regarding their medical care. The supervisor or instructor must ensure the appropriate injury report forms are completed. If you have any questions regarding injury and illness procedures, contact your supervisor or instructor.
Minor First Aid: In most situations emergency medical care is available within minutes of GVSU labs.
First aid kits should be readily accessible to all laboratory personnel and should be inspected frequently to ensure that the kit is sufficiently stocked. The kit need only to provide equipment for minor cuts and scrapes. Injuries requiring greater medical attention should be examined by Public Safety.
Eyewash Facilities are required in all laboratories where injurious or corrosive chemicals are used or stored and are subject to the same proximity requirements as safety showers. MIOSHA has adopted the following ANSI standards for location, design, and maintenance of emergency eyewash facilities:
Chemical Body Splash:
Whenever emergency shower or eye wash stations are used inform Public Safety.
Safety Showers are required to provide an immediate water drench of an affected person. MIOSHA has adopted the following ANSI standards for location, design, and maintenance of safety showers: