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5.3 Emergency Procedures

Emergencies can include both fire and non-fire emergencies. Fires are an "expected" emergency in all lab situations and almost all lab staff are trained on emergency steps in the event of a fire. “Non-fire” emergencies can include: 

  • Loss of electricity, heat, AC, water or other essential utilities. 
  • Failure of mechanical equipment such as HVAC systems and emergency generators. 
  • Flooding, tornadoes, earthquakes, or other natural disasters. 
  • Nearby chemical releases of hazardous materials to the environment (from the lab down the hall or a ruptured tank car one-half mile away). 
  • Terrorist actions or civil unrest.