Emergency Response General
Emergency response should focus on treatment of personnel who are accidentally exposed to agents listed on this protocol. A general emergency response can include the following:
Wash exposed area with soap and water for 15 minutes. For eye splash, flush eyes with eyewash for 15 minutes. Report potential exposures to biohazardous agents or non-pathogenic rDNA organisms to the PI/supervisor, obtain medical attention if necessary and notify the Biological Safety Officer (BSO) and Occupational Medicine using the online “First Report of Exposure or Release” form within 24 hours (available on the OBS website, https://ehs.wisc.edu/office-of-biosafety/). Medical follow-up should be sought as needed at University Health Services (UHS) or UW-Emergency Room as physicians there are trained to treat persons working in laboratories on campus. Provide information regarding the materials you are working with (i.e. strain, drug resistance, etc.) to the medical professional in order for them to make an informed decision on proper treatment.
Still have questions? Call the Office of Biological Safety (OBS) at 608-263-2037. We are happy to help!