Safety Resources

SCS affiliated departments and LAS


SCS Emergency Procedures

(Items below are from the SCS Chemical Hygiene Plan)
  • Tornado

    The campus is equipped with an alarm system to warn of impending tornadoes. When the tornado alarm has sounded, or there are other indications of a tornado, move to the basement of the building or connecting tunnels. If it is not possible to move from currently occupied space before a tornado strikes; move away from the windows and crouch beneath a desk or sturdy table. The interior corridors of the building are also reasonably safe places to be.
  • Fire

    In the event of a large fire, the building should be evacuated by activating the fire alarm at the pull station. Pull stations are located throughout SCS buildings, primarily near exits. The fire alarm pull will set off continuous buzzers throughout the building, signal occupants to leave the building, and notify emergency response personnel. Laboratory personnel may attempt to extinguish small fires if:
    • Personal safety is not in jeopardy
    • Personnel are properly trained concerning fire fighting equipment and its appropriate use
    • Appropriate fire fighting equipment is available.
    If the fire grows or becomes unmanageable, activate the nearest fire alarm pull. Meet the fire department to direct them to the affected area.
  • Chemical Spill Cleanup

    1. Personal safety

      Wear appropriate personal protection (gloves, boots, goggles, respirator, etc.) as needed.

      Spill kits are placed throughout all SCS buildings. Familiarize yourself with the storage locations and contents.
    2. Containment of the spill

      For solvents, be sure to eliminate potential sources of ignition. Close lab doors and windows to enable laboratory chemical hood exhaust to ventilate the area. Gently place absorbent pads on the spill. Allow spill pads to absorb the spill.
    3. Cleanup

      For large spills or extremely toxic releases call 9-911 and evacuate the area by activating the fire alarm pull box. Place the spill absorbent into a plastic bag or other appropriate container. Seal and label the container. Consult the UIUC Chemical Waste Management Guide concerning chemical spill disposal.
  • Blood Borne Pathogens

    Care should be taken when dealing with blood and bodily fluids. Blood borne pathogens (e.g., HIV and Hepatitis) can live in a pool of blood for weeks. The best person to clean up the blood is the person who bled. Otherwise, an individual trained in the handling of blood borne pathogens should be responsible for cleaning up the blood. Should you decide to perform the cleanup; secure the area, wear gloves and eye protection, contain cleanup materials in plastic bags, disinfect the area with bleach, and dispose all materials according to proper procedures. Contact SCS Safety Personnel for cleanup contact assistance.
  • Inhalation, Ingestion, and Exposure with Hazardous Chemicals

    • Inhalation of Noxious Gases

      If inhalation of noxious gases is suspected, quickly remove the victim from the area into fresh air and call 9-911 (from campus phones). Provide oxygen if available.
    • Ingestion of Poisonous Chemicals

      If poisonous chemicals have been ingested, call 9-911 (from campus phones) and seek medical help immediately. Do not induce vomiting unless directed by medical personnel.
    • Skin Contact with Aggressive Chemicals

      Upon skin contact with aggressive chemicals, use a drench hose or safety shower to wash the affected area for 15 minutes. See Section E of the SCS Chemical Hygiene Plan for safety shower locations.
      Contaminated clothing should be removed immediately. If modesty is a concern, cover with clean apparel, towels, blankets, etc., and minimize personnel in affected area.
    • Eye Contact with Laboratory Chemicals

      Upon eye contamination with laboratory chemicals use the eyewash to rinse copiously with water for 15 minutes. See Section E of the SCS Chemical Hygiene Plan for eyewash locations.