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Foreword
Emergency Numbers
Table of Contents
Introduction
1. EH&S Policy
2. Occupational Injury
3. Public Safety
4. Emergencies
5.  Injury/Illness
6. Asbestos
7. Hazardous Waste
8. Bio Waste
9. Rad Waste
10. Recycling
11. HazCom & DHS
12. Office Safety
13. Lab Safety
14 Shop Safety
15 Personal Protection
16. Hazard Evaluation
17. Safe Lifting
18. Safety Policies
19. Warning Signs
20. Safety Services
21. Non-lab Training
22. Research Training
23. Training classes
Location Map

EMERGENCY PLANS

GUIDE FOR LABS

4. EMERGENCY PROCEDURES

Emergency Action Plan

Emergency procedures for your work area are in the Emergency Action Plan (EAP) developed by your department. These include:

  • Escape routes & procedures
  • Disabled assistance & shutdown procedures
  • Coordinators & emergency contacts
  • Evacuation assembly site
  • Reporting method & evacuation verification

Guidelines, requirements and updating information for the Departmental EAP are provided in the program section of the safety web (www.nmsu.edu/~safety).

Emergency Alert System

The EAS system is a supplement to Emergency Action Plan. It is to used for emergency incidents, threatening weather, fire, chemical release, etc.

It is a telephone-based notification system, which can be used to send area-specific information to affected NMSU areas/buildings. Additional alert information may be provided via NMSU web &/or NMSU announcement line

Chemical Spills - Immediate Danger

If a chemical spill occurs or is discovered and in your opinion constitutes an immediate danger to yourself or other building occupants ants

  • PULL THE FIRE ALARM to evacuate the building.
  • After activating the fire alarm, immediately call the campus emergency number - 911.

For chemical contact, remove contaminated clothing and rinse contaminated skin or eyes continually with fresh water or eye wash solution for 15 minutes.

All Spills - No Immediate Danger

This is for spills that present no immediate danger to you or other building occupants.

All spills with uncontrolled releases (water flooding, cleaning supplies, etc.) or chemical contamination of a person must be reported to your supervisor and EH&S. For mercury spills, donít clean up, close the area and call EH&S.

Emergencies are reported at 911;
Non-emergencies should be reported at 646-3311

Fire

If you see a fire, smell a burning odor or see smoke you believe to be caused by fire, activate the fire alarm and immediately afterwards call 911.

Do not attempt to put out the fire unless you know it is safe to do so. Do not use a fire extinguisher unless you are trained to do so. All NMSU employees should attend extinguisher training conducted by the NMSU Fire Department (646-2519).

If the fire alarm sounds in your building, evacuate the area immediately. Move away from the building to a pre-designated area. Do not use the elevators.


Medical Emergency

Quickly call 911 for immediate medical attention of employees, students, or visitors.

Do not move an injured person unless they are in a life threatening situation. Call 911 for:

  • heart attacks
  • unconscious persons
  • cuts with extreme bleeding
  • broken bones
  • eye or head injuries
  • chemical exposures
  • electric shock
  • seizures

Or if in doubt, treat the situation as a medical emergency and call 911.


 

Weather Hazards

The Sun. Along with the Organ Mountains, the sun is the most prominent feature of the daytime skyline. With the sun comes certain dangers from the high UV level in Las Cruces. Take appropriate precautions to prevent overexposure to the sun such as sun block, headgear, and sunglasses.

The median Las Cruces summertime temperature is 95.5o F. Heat illness (heat exhaustion, heat cramps, heatstroke) is a real issue and is easily prevented. Prevention methods include drinking plenty of water (not tea, coffee, sodas, etc.),
wearing lightweight, loose fitting, light-colored, clothing, and scheduling outdoor activities during cooler part of day.

Lightning. Lightning is a major component of local storms. If you are caught outside during a lightning storm, seek proper shelter immediately. Safety tips include:

~Quickly get out & way from pools, lakes & water bodies;
~Avoid areas higher than the surrounding landscape
~Get in a hard-topped car;
~Never use a tree as a shelter
~Keep away from metal objects;
~Indoors stay clear of windows, doors, & electric units;
~Donít stand in a crowd of people;
~Unplug computers and equipment and only use the telephone for emergencies.

Wind. Strong winds with blowing dust are also a frequent problem. The peak months for strong winds in the Las Cruces area is during February and March. However, strong winds can occur at any time during the year. You can best protect yourself by wearing the proper clothing. If you suffer from respiratory problems, a dust mask or equivalent may be required. Consult your physician for advice.

Rain and High Water. Las Cruces is an extremely arid region. The average annual precipitation for the area is approximately 11 inches. During rain storms the streets can become slick from oils that have built up over time.

Strong and heavy rainstorms are also a reality. When this occurs dangers arise from flash floods and street flooding. Low-lying areas, such as arroyos, quickly flood and become very hazardous. Do not attempt to cross flooded areas of unknown depth.

  

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