Non-Life Threatening Injury or Exposure

If you are exposed to a hazardous material through an incident or accident in the laboratory, inform your Principal Investigator (PI) or Laboratory Manager and seek medical attention immediately. Early medical intervention can be critical, depending on the agent or hazard involved.

Students should seek medical treatment at:

McKinley Health Center
Location:1109 S. Lincoln Avenue, Urbana, IL 61801
Phone: 217-333-2700

Employees should be referred to one of the following healthcare professionals or their own personal physician. These departments will make any necessary referrals. 

Hours of operation are as follows: 

Carle Occupational MedicineSAFEWORKS ILLINOIS
Hours: 7 am - 5 pm WeekdaysHours: 7 am - 5 pm Weekdays
Location: 810 W. Anthony Drive, Urbana ILLocation: 1806 N. Market St.
Phone: 217-383-3077Phone: 217-356-6150
After hours employees will be seen in the Carle Emergency RoomAfter hours employees will be seen in the OSF Heart of Mary Medical Center Emergency Room
Phone: 217-383-3313Phone: 217-337-2131

In the event of a laser accident, immediately ensure that the laser shutter is closed or de-energized completely. Provide for the safety of personnel as needed. If a laser eye injury is suspected, have the injured person keep their head upright and still to restrict bleeding in the eye and contact a physician for evaluation as soon as possible.

If exposed to potentially infectious or recombinant or synthetic nucleic acid molecules, any contaminated clothing should be removed and the exposed area should immediately be washed thoroughly. The exposure should be reported to your supervisor.  Seek follow-up medical care from a qualified healthcare professional if: (1) the exposure involves eyes, nose, or mouth, (2) skin is damaged at or near the exposure area, or (3) the exposure is through parenteral contact (e.g., needlestick or cut by sharp object). 

When you seek treatment, bring contact information for your PI so he or she can be consulted for additional technical information regarding the agent or hazard. If your exposure involves a chemical, bring along the Safety Data Sheet (SDS) if one is available. DO NOT delay seeking medical attention if a SDS cannot be located immediately.

Keep in mind that it is possible for you to be exposed to a hazard without being aware that it happened. If you become ill and suspect that your illness is associated with a previous exposure, seek medical attention immediately. Inform the physician about the hazards present in your laboratory.

Note: if you become ill and do not immediately associate your illness with hazards in the laboratory, it is still important to inform the physician about hazards that may be associated with your work. Even if a connection between the illness and the work environment seems unlikely, it is important for the treating physician to have a complete history on file.

Last Update: 8/28/2018