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Other Incidents


In the event of an earthquake the following procedure must be followed:

  • If indoors, stay there.  Get under a desk or table or stand in the corner of the room.
  • If outdoors, get into an open area away from trees, buildings, walls, and power lines.
  • If driving, pull over to the side of the road and stop. Avoid overpasses and power lines.  Stay inside until the shaking is over.
  • If in a high-rise building, stay away from windows and outside walls.  Get under a table.  Do not use elevators.
  • If in a crowded public place, do not rush the doors.  Move away from display shelves containing objects that could fall.
  • After the shock subsides, get out of doors, well clear of buildings and trees.
  • Follow the procedures for fire escape.
  • Identify and assist the injured.
  • Notify the Head of Facilities or Health & Safety Officer of any serious hazards or injuries.
  • Do not return to the evacuated building unless directed to do so by public safety personnel.

Letter Bombs

If a suspicious letter or small package is received:

  • Handle it with care and place it in a locked, unoccupied room or locked drawer.
  • Do not attempt to open it and do not immerse it in water.
  • Keep people away.
  • Notify the Head of Facilities, EH&S Officer & the Executive Vice President for Administration.

Gas Leaks

  • Persons with an ordinary sense of smell can detect it.
  • If you smell gas or have any reason to believe that gas is leaking from an appliance, turn off all gas appliances, naked flames and electrical appliances, and extinguish all cigarettes (if any), etc.
  • Evacuate the area concerned, leave open any windows already open, close all internal doors and, if possible, put up temporary (hand written) notices to warn others.
  • Inform the occupants of adjacent rooms and ensure that they, too, evacuate the area.
  • Immediately inform the Main Reception at 22841500.
  • If you cannot get a reply from the telephone listed above, telephone the Executive Vice President for Administration (22 841 535) and report your suspicions.
  • Do not attempt to trace the leak or do any repairs. If the supply has been turned off do not turn it on again.

Emergency Showers

Personal contamination with some chemicals requires immediate irrigation with large quantities of water. Emergency showers are available for this purpose in the Biology Lab, room A117.

Emergency Procedures for Accidents Involving Chemicals

Emergency procedures for accidents involving chemicals must be detailed on an accident / incident report forms and should be made known to the staff members who are responsible for the area where the reagents are being used.