How to first aid in the laboratory

  • 17, 09, 2019

Injuries can occur when we work in a laboratory, so we need to have a guide to first aid in the laboratory.

  • Cover or close eye.
  • Test plumbed eyewashes weekly; keep a log.
  • Remove chemical bottles from the work area of Facilities personnel working in laboratories.
  • Stock first aid kits with Band-Aids, 4X4 gauze, roller bandages, and ace bandages (no creams, ointments, etc.).
  • Report minor injuries to Student Health Services (SHS) after first aid has been administered.
  • Bypass Health Services and call 115 for serious injuries and true emergencies (fires, explosions, major spills, etc.).
  • For Bleeding and Wound Care
    • Wear clean gloves.
    • Cover area with gauze (or clean paper towels).
    • Apply pressure to bleeding area — have person sit or lie down.
    • If the wound is large or person is dizzy or weak, call 115 to transport person to SHS or Emergency Room.
  • Burns – Heat/Chemical
  • Chemical burns (acid or alkaline): Flush with large amounts of cool running water for 15 minutes. For small area, report to SHS. For larger area or if person is weak or dizzy, call 911 for transport.
  • Heat burns: Run cool water over area for 5 minutes, then report to SHS. If burn area is large, cover with a cool, wet cloth and call 911.
  • Eye Splash Chemical
    • Flush with lukewarm (body temperature) running water; turn head side to side and have water run across both eyes. Flush
      eyes for at least 15 minutes before going for further treatment at SHS or Emergency Room.
  • Eye – Foreign Body (dust or metal, paint, wood chips)

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Source: Uconn

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