ES&H Manual



6610 Appendix T6

Response to Chemical Over-Exposure



Jefferson Lab has determined that working with chemicals carries an unmitigated Risk Code >2. At a minimum all tasks requiring chemicals are discussed with the supervisor prior to commencement of work. An Operational Safety Procedure (OSP) is written for work considered to be Risk Code >2 in accordance with ES&H Manual Chapter 3210 Work Planning, Control, and Authorization Process.


1.0            Purpose


Jefferson Lab requires that qualified chemical workers read and follow the recommended emergency and first aid procedures provided on a chemical’s safety data sheet (SDS). This appendix describes minimal response procedure steps for an incident exposure involving a chemical.


2.0            Scope


This appendix provides a minimum response procedure to use if the SDS is not available; requirements to initiate medical assistance; and clean-up recommendations. 


This appendix’s process steps are performed in coordination with ES&H Manual 6610 Chemical Hygiene Program.


NOTE: Jefferson Lab does not have on-site fire brigade resources, but has written agreements from the City of Newport News to provide emergency services through its 911 system. These include emergency medical response and transport, emergency technical rescue, and hazmat incident response. Letters confirming these services are on file with the Emergency Manager.


3.0            Responsibilities


3.1              Everyone at Jefferson Lab

·         Be aware of the chemicals within your work area; and the emergency response procedures outlined on the associated SDS.

·         Know the location of the nearest safety shower, eyewash, other equipment required to perform the emergency response procedures.

·         Protect yourself. Never endanger yourself to assist others. Only provide assistance if trained and willing to do so in accordance with ES&H Manual Chapter 6800 Appendix T2 Injuries and Illnesses Requiring First Aid or Emergency Medical Response.


3.2              Chemical Worker

·         Maintain appropriate chemical training and medical monitoring, as required.

·         Review and abide by the chemical’s safety data sheet (SDS). Contact the SDS Coordinator for clarification or assistance.

·         Know the signs of over-exposure and emergency treatment for the chemical(s) you work with.

·         Know the location and how to operate: emergency showers, eyewash units, and fire extinguishers in your work area.


4.0            Process Steps


Unless otherwise stated anyone at Jefferson Lab may perform the process steps outlined below.


4.1              Response to Chemical Over-Exposure


Step 1:             Immediately stop contact. Evacuate the area if necessary.


Step 2:             Perform emergency first aid as specified on the chemical’s SDS. Provide assistance only if you are willing and have been trained to handle chemical exposure incidents.


Step 3:             Go to ES&H Manual Chapter 6800 Appendix T2 Injuries or Illnesses Requiring First Aid or Emergency Medical Response and follow the procedure steps provided.


4.2              Clean-Up


4.2.1        If blood is involved, go to ES&H Manual Chapter 6800 Appendix T3 Protection from Bloodborne Pathogens and follow the process steps provided for clean-up of soiled material. 

4.2.2        Go to ES&H Manual Chapter 3510 Appendix T6 Emergency Response to Chemical Spills.    


5.0            Revision Summary


Revision 1.4 – 06/14/16 – Periodic Review; replaced Material Safety Data Sheet (SDS) with Safety Data Sheet (SDS) 

Revision 1.3 – 05/12/15 – Updated emergency response procedures in the note box under section 2.0 Scope per J.Williams

Revision 1.2 – 11/17/14 – Corrected chapter reference noted in 4.2.2 (previously noted as Chapter 6610T7) per J.Williams  

Revision 1.1 – 11/18/13 – Removed “Emergency” from title, as this document applies to general response, including emergency response; per T.Menefee

Revision 1.0 – 06/28/13 – Periodic Review; No substantive changes per J.Williams

Revision 1.0 – 07/05/10 – Updated to reflect current laboratory operations










ES&H Division

Jennifer Williams





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