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Business Policy and Procedure Manual
University of Missouri-Columbia
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
April 2010
Chapter 7
HEALTH & SAFETY
Section: 7:010
Emergency Procedures

Emergency Procedures

The following emergency procedures are appropriate for general campus use (Residential Life, the Reactor and off-campus programs may have other emergency procedures).

Fire Emergencies

  1. Call 911. Give the nature of the emergency, the location, and any other information requested.
  2. Set off the fire alarm. If an alarm system is not present, verbally call out an alarm, i.e., "Fire."
  3. Evacuate the building and assist handicapped individuals.
  4. Use a fire extinguisher if it is possible to do so without jeopardizing your personal well-being.
  5. Notify MU Police (882-7201).
  6. Notify Campus Facilities (882-8211).
  7. Notify Environmental Health & Safety (882-7018).
  8. Report to your supervisor.

Chemical or Biological Spills

  1. Evacuate the area to the extent appropriate.
  2. Warn fellow workers and supervisors.
  3. Call Environmental Health & Safety (882-7018). At night call MUPD (882-7201).
  4. Take action to contain the spill, if you are properly trained and if it is possible to so without jeopardizing personal well-being.
  5. Do not call State or National Chemical numbers without prior authorizations from Environmental Health and Safety, unless the spill is of disaster proportions and immediate contact with EHS is impossible.

Medical Emergencies

  1. If the individual is conscious:
    • Call for an ambulance (911). If requested by the individual. (If at the University Hospital call 882-7979. If at Ellis Fischel call 882-6700.)
    • If the injured party is a University employee, assist them in contacting a care facility authorized by Worker's Compensation.
  2. If the individual is unconscious:
    • Call for an ambulance (911). (If at the University Hospital call 882-7979. If at Ellis Fischel call 882-6700.)
    • Do not move the individual unless authorized by some medical authority, or it is obvious that delay in movement would be detrimental to the individual.
  3. If the individual is a student and fully conscious, call Student Health Services (882-7481) and give information.
  4. Call MUPD (882-7201).
  5. Notify appropriate supervisors.

Radiation Emergencies

Fire Emergencies Involving Radiation

  1. Follow the procedures for fire emergencies, AND
  2. Inform emergency personnel that a radiation hazard may exist, AND
  3. Contact EHS (882-7018) and report the incident. If at night/weekend/holiday, call the University Police (882-7201).

Medical Emergencies Involving Radiation

  1. Follow the procedures for medical emergencies, AND
  2. Inform medical personnel that a radiation hazard may exist, AND
  3. Contact EHS (882-7018) and report the incident. If at night/weekend/holiday, call the University Police (882-7201).

Radiation Safety Procedures

  1. Evacuate personnel from the radiation-contaminated area.
  2. Assemble all personnel in a nearby safe area until radiation surveys and personnel decontamination are performed by the EHS.
  3. Prevent the spread of contamination from the accident site. Use the nearest telephone for communication and avoid walking through buildings.
  4. Close off doors and windows and, if convenient, turn off air equipment that might transfer radiation contamination throughout the building.
  5. Control access to radiation area and place warning signs indicating radiation and contamination hazards.
  6. Notify EHS of the incident (882-7018). The Radiation Safety Office may be contacted during off duty hours through MUPD (882-7201).
  7. Decontamination of rooms and buildings shall only be done under EHS supervision.

Tornado

  1. If indoors, more away form windows into the basement or interior hallway on a lower floor. Avoid auditoriums, gymnasiums, or other areas having a wide, free-span roof. Take cover under heavy furniture.
  2. If outdoors, lie flat in the nearest depression, such as a ditch or ravine. If there is time, move away form the path of the tornado at a right angle.

Earthquake

  1. Stay indoors, if already there.
  2. Take cover under sturdy furniture such as work table or desk; or in doorways, halls or against inside walls.
  3. Stay near the center of the building.
  4. Stay away from glass windows or doors.
  5. Avoid running through or near buildings where there is the danger of falling debris. Persons on the outside should stay in the open, away from buildings and structures and a safe distance form utility wires.
  6. After tremors have stopped, stay away from damaged buildings and structures because of possible aftershocks.

Mechanical Equipment or Other Physical Facility Emergencies

  1. Attend to any medical emergencies first.
  2. Call Campus facilities (882-8211) and report the location and nature of the emergency.
  3. Do not attempt to correct mechanical emergencies.
  4. If fire ensues, follow procedures outlined for fire emergencies.