Hazardous Materials

In case of emergency such as injury or illness, major spill or theft of hazardous material, immediately contact NYU Department of Public Safety at 212-998-2222 or Environmental Health and Safety at 212-998-1450.

Chemical Exposure to Skin

  • Flood exposed area with running water from faucet or safety shower for at least 15 minutes.
  • Remove contaminated clothing or jewelry at once.
  • Make sure chemical has not accumulated in shoes.
  • Obtain medical attention - if necessary, call NYU DPS at 212-998-2222 or Environmental Health and Safety at 212-998-1450.
  • Report incident to supervisor/principle investigator.

Chemicals in Eyes

  • Immediately rinse eyeball and inner surface of eyelid with water continuously for 15 minutes. Hold eye open to insure effective wash behind eyelids. Be careful not to contaminate the other eye.
  • Obtain medical attention; call NYU DPS at 212-998-2222 or Environmental Health and Safety at 212-998-1450.
  • Report incident to supervisor/principle investigator.

Smoke and other Airborne Contaminants

  • Anyone overcome by smoke or other airborne contaminants should be relocated to an area where there is fresh air.
  • Never attempt to enter a location where potentially dangerous air contaminants might place you at risk. If someone is hurt, obtain medical attention; call NYU DPS at 212-998-2222 or Environmental Health and Safety at 212-998-1450.

Clothing or Laboratory Coat on Fire (Stop, Drop and Roll)

  • Extinguish burning clothing by using the drop and roll technique, dousing with cold water using an emergency shower or smothering with a fire blanket. Note: If using a fire blanket, do not allow the person to remain standing.
  • If possible, remove contaminated clothing and cover injured person to prevent shock.
  • Seek immediate medical attention.