Dealing with Emergencies (non-medical)

Important Information About Accident/Incident Reports

It is mandatory to complete a report after an accident/incident. The report will not only provide accurate documentation of the event but it will also serve as a learning tool for others.

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Each individual working in or visiting a laboratory or building at Georgia Tech is responsible for adherence to safe procedures and Georgia Tech safety policies.

Pertaining to the following buildings:

  • Ford ES&T, 311 Ferst Drive (Building 147)
  • Bunger-Henry, 778 Atlantic Drive (Building 86)
  • Molecular Science & Engineering ("M"), 901 Atlantic Drive (Building 167)
     
1. Types of Emergencies
  • Laboratory fires
  • Chemical/biohazard spills
  • Odors or gas/vapor leaks
  • Explosions
  • Medical emergencies (Please note: Medical emergencies require different procedures. Please click here for details.)
2. Anticipating/Preparing for Emergencies
  • Be familiar with General Laboratory Safety Guidelines in the Institute Safety Manual, especially Emergency Procedures (pages 10-13) and Chemical Spills (pages 48-49)
  • Anticipate/prepare for emergencies (e.g., appropriate safety equipment)
  • Determine evacuation route(s) from lab/office/classroom in Bunger-Henry, Ford ES&T and M buildings
  • Update MSDS Folder (have notebook or folder available in lab; be familiar with MSDS websites)
  • Be aware of environment (review chemical inventory and MSDS forms for all hazardous chemicals in each lab in which you work; locate safety showers and eyewash)
  • Post emergency contact numbers behind door near lab safety manual
  • Conduct periodic inspections of safety equipment such as face shields, eyewash, shower
3. If Building Evacuation is Required
  • PULL FIRE ALARM if building must be evacuated for any reason
  • CALL the Campus Police at 911 or 4-2500 from a campus phone (DO NOT DIAL 9-911) — or dial (404) 894-2500 from a cell phone — and REQUEST appropriate emergency personnel (e.g., fire, medical, EH&S) 
  • Meet emergency personnel on Atlantic Drive at Ferst Street (Bunger-Henry and M building); meet emergency personnel on Ferst Drive (ES&T) at south end of ES&T
  • All personnel should meet in front of the building on Atlantic Drive (Bunger-Henry); at the corner of Ferst and Cherry streets (ES&T); or at the corner of Ferst and Atlantic (M building); DO NOT assemble in the EST-IBB quad.
  • Notify:
  1. PI/Thesis Director and the PI of the specific laboratory if it is shared space
  2. Facilities Manager — ES&T: todd.clarkson [at] coe.gatech.edu (Todd Clarkson), (404) 385-6896, cell (404) 512-2831; Bunger-Henry: rod.sefton [at] coe.gatech.edu (Rod Sefton), (404) 385-2952, cell (770) 900-5249; M building: vic.summey [at] chemistry.gatech.edu (Vic Summey), (404) 894-5155
  3. School Chair David Sholl, (404) 894-2867, or Safety Chair Rachel Chen, rachel.chen [at] chbe.gatech.edu, (404) 894-6884
  4. Fill out incident report. Contact Curtis Burnett, curtis.burnett [at] chbe.gatech.edu,  (404) 385-4108, cell (404) 819-6749

4. Other Emergencies

  • Call Campus Police at 911 or 4-2500 if necessary (DO NOT DIAL 9-911); from a cell phone, dial (404) 894-2500
  • Notify as appropriate:
  1. PI/Thesis Director and the PI of the specific laboratory if it is shared space
  2. Facilities Manager — ES&T: todd.clarkson [at] coe.gatech.edu (Todd Clarkson), (404) 385-6896, cell (404) 512-2831; Bunger-Henry: rod.sefton [at] coe.gatech.edu (Rod Sefton), (404) 385-2952, cell (770) 900-5249; M building: vic.summey [at] chemistry.gatech.edu (Vic Summey), (404) 894-5155
  3. School Chair David Sholl, (404) 894-2867, or Safety Chair Rachel Chen, rachel.chen [at] chbe.gatech.edu, (404) 894-6884
  4. After any emergency (e.g., items 1, 3 and 4), fill out incident report. (See Todd Clarkson.)
  5. Visitors (Georgia Tech or non-Georgia Tech) to labs are subject to the same safety procedures and policies as are the workers in that lab; in the event of an emergency in a laboratory that you are visiting, you should assist in carrying out emergency procedures as appropriate.