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Injury Involving Biological Materials

For Severe Injuries

  • Call 911 for assistance and transportation to the nearest emergency room.
  • Accompany the injured person to the medical facility and provide information to personnel about the accident/exposure.
  • Report accident to the PI and Biosafety Officer.
  • Fill out a First Report of Injury Form.

For Splash to the Eye

  • Immediately flush the eye with a gentle stream of clean, temperate water for 15 minutes. Hold the eyelid open. Be careful not to wash the contaminant into the other eye. Use an emergency eyewash if one is accessible.
  • Contact the UHC at (301) 314-8162 to obtain care. If UHC is closed, go to the emergency room at Washington Adventist Hospital (7600 Carroll Ave., Takoma Park, MD) or to the most convenient local emergency room.
  • Report the accident to the PI, Biosafety Officer, and seek additional medical assistance if necessary.
  • Fill out a First Report of Injury Form

For Contamination to the Body

  • Immediately remove contaminated clothing and drench skin with water. Wash with soap and water, and flush the area for 15 minutes.
  • Contact the UHC at (301) 314-8162 to obtain care. If UHC is closed, go to the emergency room at Washington Adventist Hospital (7600 Carroll Ave., Takoma Park, MD) or to the most convenient local emergency room.
  • Report the injury to the PI, Biosafety Officer, and seek additional medical assistance if necessary.

Fires Involving Biological Materials

  • Without placing yourself in danger, put biological materials in secure location, such as incubator or freezer.
  • Activate the building fire alarm.
  • Leave the building at once.
  • Call the fire department from a safe location.
  • Meet the fire department outside and direct them to the fire.

In the event of a needle stick injury:

  • Wash thoroughly with soap and water. Notify supervisor and go immediately to Urgent Care Clinic at the UHC. If the UHC is closed, go to the emergency room at Washington Adventist Hospital (7600 Carroll Avenue, Takoma Park, MD) or to the most convenient local emergency room.
  • Report the injury to the PI, Biosafety Officer.
  • Fill out a First Report of Injury Form.

Go to the following for more information about some of the infectious organisms found in labs at UMD: