Table top exercises to share procedures seems a great idea!
First: We’re not doctors & we don’t give medical advice or make personal health decisions for young adults. It’s always the student’s choice whether to seek/accept medical care.
I would recommend medical evaluation for any student who has had acid in/near the eye.
If it was in the eye, the paramedics would be on their way during the first 15-minute flush.
If I thought there might be scarring, I’d strongly encourage the student to discuss it with medical personnel.
AAAgHHgg!! Why was the student allowed to leave lab to deal with contaminated clothing??? What was the TA/instructor thinking????? AAAgHHgg!!
All contamination incidents should be kept in lab & dealt with in lab. If privacy is an issue, the rest of the students can wait in the hall.
The jeans are toast, if not hazardous waste. We keep a supply of medical-style scrub pants (from the thrift stores) for this problem. I lend one out 2 or 3 times a year. Most return washed the next day with thanks. Disposables are also available. A Tyvek suit would work.
Returning to work is decided by whether there is an injury that needs attention. We can always assist a student in seeking medical attention, if that will quiet a worried mind. I doesn’t sound necessary here, but I would never say that to the student; see line 1, above.
Ambulance seems overkill. During the day, we can walk to Student Health or us an electric cart service on campus if needed.
Sheila M. Kennedy, C.H.O.
Safety Coordinator | Teaching Laboratories
Chemistry & Biochemistry |University of California, San Diego
9500 Gilman Dr. | La Jolla, CA 92093-0303
(858) 534 – 0221 | MC 0303 | YORK HALL 3150
Greetings all – I hope that everyone is enjoying the summer time. I am looking to tap into the collective wisdom of the DCHAS list serv.
Table topping student chemical exposures
Sending chemically exposed students to the hospital –
· Do you worry about scarring on the face and do you mention it to the exposed individual?
· Do you send them to the emergency room by ambulance?
· Issue a Tyvek suit and allow them to return to work?
· Send them to the ER by ambulance?
· Call their emergency contact and ask them to come and pick them up?
If anyone has some insight or a written document that they use in very minor chemical exposure incidents, where students are not sent to a hospital emergency room, I’d be interested in knowing what you do.
James Saccardo, CHMM
The College of Staten Island
Office of Environmental Health and Safety
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