In the event of a biohazard spill, a spill of human blood or bodily fluids, or release of infectious material that presents a potential for or has already caused:

  •  A personal injury
  •  An exposure to a biological material of known or unknown health risk
  •  An adverse environmental impact
  • Any other situation immediately dangerous to life, health, or property

Please proceed as follows:

  • Immediately notify all personnel in the affected area of the spill or release and evacuate all personnel from the affected area.
  • Call the Department of Public Safety at 711 from a University phone or #78 from a cell phone from a location that is not affected by the spill (secure location). Public Safety will dispatch appropriate response personnel.

Be prepared to tell Public Safety the following information:

  • Your name, phone number, and secure location from which you are calling
  • The nature of the incident
  • The location of the incident (building, floor, room number)
  • The name or type of substance (if known)
  • The quantity of substance (estimate)
  • The hazards (if known)
  • If there are known injuries

Stay in the secure area to meet emergency responders or suggest another area if the current location is now inappropriate. Do not re-enter the spill area to perform rescue operations or participate in cleanup.

For more information and non-emergency questions, contact the Environmental Health and Safety Services Office (ext. 4132, 315-443-4132) or visit ehosu.syr.edu/EHOSU/display.cfm

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