HAZARDOUS SUBSTANCE EXPOSURE

EMPLOYEE MEDICAL CONSULTATION

There may be times when employees or supervisors suspect that an employee has been exposed to a hazardous substance to a degree and in a manner that might have caused harm to the individual. Whenever an employee develops signs or symptoms associated with a hazardous substance, or is exposed to a hazardous substance in an emergency, (ex. chemical spill or splash) the employee must be provided an opportunity to receive an appropriate medical examination.

Employees must notify their immediate supervisor of all occupational illnesses and injuries including those related to exposures to hazardous substances. Contact your supervisor or the Environmental Health and Radiation Safety (EHRS) Department if you have any questions regarding the procedure for treating a non-serious injury or illness.

When an injury or exposure occurs:

If it is an emergency, call 911 and Public Safety at X7000.  If Public Safety transports the employee to the hospital, someone other than the Public Safety Officer (co-worker, supervisor, etc.) must accompany the injured employee into the hospital. 

Do what is necessary to prevent further injury or illness.  (i.e., flush skin or eyes with water, leave area and get fresh air.)

In the event of a hazardous substance exposure, do what is necessary to prevent further injury or illness. (i.e., flush skin or eyes with copious amounts of water for approximately 15 minutes, leave the area and get fresh air for an inhalation exposure) Also, bring the Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) or the chemical container to the medical facility.

Do not move a seriously injured person unless they are in further danger.

Notify supervisor immediately of incident.

Supervisors must complete Human Resource's Supervisor's Accident Investigation Report must be completed as soon as possible after the accident.  If an employee refuses medical treatment, their signature must be documented on Human Resource's Supervisor's Accident Investigation Report.

Any laboratory incidents (i.e., injury, hazardous substance exposure, fire) must also be documented through a Laboratory Incident Report.   Faculty in charge of the laboratory must complete this form. This report should be received by the EHRS Department within 5 days of the accident.

Notify the EHRS Department of any major employment related accidents that require an overnight stay in the hospital or of the unfortunate death of an employee.

STUDENT MEDICAL CONSULTATION

Students must notify their supervisor or instructor of all illnesses or injuries occurring at the University, including those related to exposures to hazardous substances. The incident must then be immediately reported to Public Safety (X7000). Contact Public Safety, no matter how trivial the incident so that the incident can be documented. (In the case of an injury or illness in a Residence Hall, students must notify their resident assistant, resident director, or residence life coordinator.) If a student refuses medical treatment, their signature must be documented on Public Safety's Incident Reporting Form.

When an injury or exposure occurs:

If it is an emergency, call 911 and Public Safety at X7000.   If Public Safety transports the student to the hospital, someone other than the Public Safety Officer (i.e., fellow student, instructor) should accompany the student into the medical facility.

Do not move a seriously injured person unless they are in further danger.

In the event of a hazardous substance exposure, do what is necessary to prevent further injury or illness. (i.e., flush skin or eyes with copious amounts of water for approximately 15 minutes, leave the area and get fresh air for an inhalation exposure) Also, bring the Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) or the chemical container to the medical facility.

Laboratory accidents must also be documented through a Laboratory Incident Report. Faculty in charge of the laboratory must complete this form. This report should be received by the EHRS Department within 5 days of the accident. All such incidents should be documented for future reference even if the student claims to be unhurt.

Any student that is working for the University, and their injury or illness occurs during the performance of their duties, will be covered under our worker's compensation carrier.  Therefore, they should observe the policy under the Employee Medical Consultation section.


University of the Sciences in Philadelphia • 600 South Forty-third Street • Philadelphia, PA 19104-4495 • phone: 215-596-8800 • email: safety@usp.edu