Emergencies

Laboratory Guidance for Emergencies

ALWAYS REMEMBER
For life threatening emergencies call 911 or campus police ext. 2222.

ALL injuries must be reported immediately to your supervisor, EH&S, and your ORC Safety Specialist.

Undergraduate Students may seek medical attention at the Student Health Center (SSB 4.700), call ext. 2747.

Faculty, Staff, and Graduate Students may seek medical attention at one of the following urgent care facilities: Concentra Urgent Care (1300 N. Central Expressway, Plano, TX 75074), call 972-578-2212 MedSpring (377 W. Campbell Road, Richardson, TX 75080), call 888-980-0505

Hospitals and ER Clinics should only be visited for serious injuries. Location of the nearest hospital/ER to the UT Dallas campus:
Medical City Plano (3901 W. 15th Street @ Coit Road, Plano, TX 75075), call 972-596-6800

Notice to Employees: When seeking off campus medical attention – do not pay for services. Inform the facility that this is a Workers’ Compensation claim. The facility can contact Annette Rogers (972-883-2262) or Courtney Shaw (972-883-2368). If after hours, contact 972-883-4100. You must submit a copy of the visit documentation/discharge paperwork when reporting the incident to EH&S.

Please visit the Office of Administration Environmental Healthy and Safety for more information.


First Aid Kits

The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) medical services and first aid standard, 29 CFR 1910.151(b), only requires trained first‐aid providers at all workplaces if there is no “…infirmary, clinic, or hospital in near proximity to the workplace which is used for the treatment of all injured employees….”

The laboratories associated with The University of Texas at Dallas are not subject to this regulation since they are supported by fire departments and hospitals in the immediate area.

OSHA has published a non-mandatory guidance document to assist facilities that elect to purchase a first aid kit that furnishes a list of common items to stock based on the potential hazards in the workplace (29 CFR 1910.151 Appendix A). The guidance document references the American National Standards Institutes (ANSI) and International Safety Equipment Association’s (ISEA) American National Standard – Workplace First Aid Kits and Supplies (ANSI/ISEA Z308.1-1998) which summarizes minimum requirements for first aid kits and their contents. Since Appendix A was added, ANSI has updated Z308.1 many times. The most recent edition was approved on June 17, 2015, with an effective date one year from that date.

Classification of First Aid Kits

The newest ANSI/ISEA standard introduces two classes of first aid kits: Class A and Class B. Class A kits are designed to deal with the most common types of workplace injuries. Class B kits are designed with a broader range and quantity of supplies to deal with injuries in more complex or high-risk environments.

Basic contents (per ANSI Z308.1-2015): First aid kits should be regularly inspected to ensure completeness, condition of contents, and expiration dates to maintain compliance with this standard. Any item beyond its marked expiration date should be removed from the kit and replaced.

Table 2. Classes of First Aid Kits and Required Supplies

First Aid Supply Minimum Quantity Minimum Size
Class A Kits Class B Kits
Adhesive Bandage 16 50 1 x 3 in.
Adhesive Tape 1 2 2.5 yd (total)
Antibiotic Application (Individual Use) 10 25 1/57 oz
Antiseptic (Individual Use) 10 50 1/57 oz
Breathing Barrier 1 1 N/A
Burn Dressing (Gel Soaked) 1 2 4 x 4 in.
Burn Treatment 10 25 1/32 oz
Cold Pack 1 2 4 x 5 in.
Eye Covering
(with Means of Attachment)
2 2 2.9 sq. in.
Eye/Skin Wash 1 fl oz (total) N/A
4 fl oz (total) N/A
First Aid Guide 1 1 N/A
Hand Sanitizer 6 10 1/32 oz
Medical Exam Gloves 2 pair 4 pair 2 pair 4 pair N/A
Roller Bandage (2 inch) 1 2 2 in. x 4 yd
Roller Bandage (4 inch) 0 1 4 in. x 4 yd
Scissors 1 1 N/A
Splint 0 1 4.5 X 24 in.
Sterile Pad 2 4 3 x 3
Tourniquet 0 1 1 in. (width)
Trauma Pad 2 4 5 x 9 in.
Triangular Bandage 1 2 40 x 40 x 56 in.

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last revised 09.2017

Factors to Consider when Selecting a Kit

A majority of first aid kits ordered through commercial vendors (e.g. Grainger via eProcurement) meet the minimum requirements outlined in the consensus standard.

  • Beware of first aid kits claiming to be “OSHA compliant.” It may be compliant for a different industry and may be stocked with too many items that do not apply to your facility/laboratory. It will become a burden to keep stocked.
  • Supplies should be consistent with the types of injuries anticipated for the work space (e.g. burns, cuts, scrapes);
  • Size must be appropriate to the number of people who will be using the kit; and
  • Supplies should be provided in single‐use packs with suitable wrapping to ensure sterility and hygiene.

Medicine and Antiseptics/Ointments

Do not buy kits with medicine (e.g. aspirin, ibuprofen). If someone is hurt at work, only a doctor should prescribe medicine. If they refuse medical attention, the individual can elect to use their own medicine.

Make sure antiseptics such as alcohol or burn cream are in single use form. If someone opens and then uses a large bottle of alcohol and places it back in the cabinet for an extended period of time, it can become contaminated. Single pack alcohol wipes or small one‐time use pouches of burn cream are ideal.

Laboratory Considerations

The hazards within the lab must be evaluated to ensure the kit addresses the potential exposures. Please seek medical attention immediately in the event of an exposure. A first aid kit should not be used as a substitution for emergency medical care.

Where the eyes or body of any person may be exposed to injurious corrosive material, suitable facilities for quick drenching or flushing of the eyes and body shall be provided within the work area for immediate emergency use (OSHA 1910.151).

IMPORTANT NOTE: Laboratory research work with select corrosives and acutely toxic chemicals may require immediate application of specific first aid measures (e.g. calcium gluconate readily available when using hydrofluoric acid). If lab personnel will work with such substances, a standard operating procedure must be developed and reviewed with each employee. Also, an emergency response plan must be in place to ensure personnel are aware of and comfortable with the first aid measures specific to the hazards of their research.

References:

1. OSHA Medical Services and First Aid regulation, 29 CFR 1910.151
2. American National Standard Minimum Requirements for Workplace First Aid Kits and Supplies (ANSI/ISEA Z308.1-2015)
3. W.W. Grainger, Inc. “Quick Tips #208: First Aid Regulation, 29 CFR 1910.151 and Z308.1-2015 Summary.”