Emergency Entry into Laboratory Spaces-Environmental Health & Safety - Carnegie Mellon University

Emergency Entry Into Laboratory Spaces

Scope: This protocol addresses the steps to be taken in the event of an emergency in order to access laboratories or other high-hazards spaces.

Procedure:

  1. The "Hazard Identification” list from Carnegie Mellon’s Emergency Operation’s Plan identifies what hazards are present in each laboratory or high-hazard space.  If you are not authorize to view this document contact Environmental Health and Safety (412-268-8182) during business hours or University Police (412-268-2323) after hours.
  2. Identify the specific room/space in which your work will be performed. From the “Hazard Identification” list, identify the hazards present in this room/space. [Additionally, this information may also be obtained from the postings outside of each room/space] Note: If room is posted as containing radioactive material or is identified as a Biological Safety Level 2 (BSL-2) lab, personnel entering must have received ancillary training from the Radiation Safety Officer or Biological Safety Officer, respectively.
  3. Refer to Primary Contact information for the room/space from the “Hazard Identification” list and contact this individual to gain access to this room/space.
  4. If unable to contact primary contact, contact Environmental Health and Safety (412-268-8182) during business hours or University Police (412-268-2323) after hours.