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Physics I Lab Safety Orientation. PHYSICS LAB SAFETY ORIENTATION. Overview Emergency Phone Number Fire & Emergency Evacuation Accident Reporting First Aid Lab Safety. Campus Emergency: Call University Police Department (UPD) in case of an emergency.

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    1. Physics I Lab Safety Orientation

    2. PHYSICS LAB SAFETY ORIENTATION Overview Emergency Phone Number Fire & Emergency Evacuation Accident Reporting First Aid Lab Safety

    3. Campus Emergency: Call University Police Department (UPD) in case of an emergency. From any university phone: dial 911 or ext. 4444. From your cell phone: dial 361-825-4444. LAB SAFETY ORIENTATION

    4. For a fire, life-threatening incident, or other serious incident, contact UPD From any university phone, dial 911 or 4444. If an ambulance is needed, inform UPD. LAB SAFETY ORIENTATION

    5. Emergency Call: If, by mistake, you call 911 using your cell phone, make sure to also notify UPD at (361) 825-4444 so they can assist in the response. County responders do not know where campus buildings are. LAB SAFETY ORIENTATION

    6. Accident Reporting – Non Life-Threatening Report all non life-threatening incidents to your Instructor. Use the first aid kit in the lab. Go to the Health Center if needed. How do you know if it’s needed? If you do not know, then it’s needed. LAB SAFETY ORIENTATION

    7. At the beginning of the semester: Become familiar with your building; Know your fire exits; Know the shortest route to the nearest exit; Be aware of your surroundings; And… LAB SAFETY ORIENTATION

    8. Evacuation Procedures - in case of a fire or other evacuation: Exit the building in a calm & orderly manner. Use the shortest and safest passage to the exit. DO NOT RUN. Do not use the elevator. LAB SAFETY ORIENTATION

    9. Why to not use an elevator in a fire: Elevators are essentially decorated metal boxes. People are a species of animal. When one puts an animal in a metal box and applies heat, this is called “roasting”. In a fire, an elevator can cook you like a turkey. LAB SAFETY ORIENTATION

    10. Evacuation Procedures Alert people and pull the fire alarm on your way out if it has not already been pulled. Meet your class at the assembly area designated by your Instructor. Stay at least 100 feet away from the building (or 35 long steps)—the designated assembly area will be this distance from the building. LAB SAFETY ORIENTATION

    11. Evacuation Procedures Do not re-enter the building until the “All Clear” has been announced. It is not possible to see from outside a campus building if it is safe inside the building. Regardless of whether it is a real fire alarm, false alarm, or a fire drill, you are required to follow the same procedures above. LAB SAFETY ORIENTATION

    12. Evacuation - Helping a person with physical disabilities: Accompany him/her to an area of rescue assistance located at the stairwell landing. Call or have someone call UPD & give UPD the location. LAB SAFETY ORIENTATION

    13. Helping a person with physical disabilities, deux: UPD will bring him/her down the stairway using an EvacuTrak. Stay with him/her until UPD arrives unless your life may be in danger. Do not use the elevator. LAB SAFETY ORIENTATION

    14. Emergency Equipment: Fire extinguisher or other “emergency equipment” may be available inside the lab. Using them is only on a voluntary basis. Lives matter more than do equipment or furniture. LAB SAFETY ORIENTATION

    15. Use emergency equipment only if: You are trained to use them. Your own safety is not compromised. Remember: YOUR OWN SAFETY COMES FIRST. LAB SAFETY ORIENTATION

    16. Emergency Phone in your lab. When the red light is flashing and/or the phone is ringing, there may be an emergency announcement. PLEASE PICK IT UP IMMEDIATELY! LAB SAFETY ORIENTATION

    17. Lab Attire Sturdy shoes that enclose the foot. Trousers. We have equipment with sharp edges. LAB SAFETY ORIENTATION

    18. Lab Safety Behavior NO FOOD, NO GUM (even “in a backpack”—it is not to enter the lab). NO DRINKS NO APPLYING COSMETICS Long hair tied back. If it can be tied back, it is “long hair”. No horseplay (pushing, shoving, pranks, etc.) LAB SAFETY ORIENTATION

    19. Electrical Safety Report all malfunctioning equipment to your Instructor. Do not use frayed, damaged electrical cords. Do not overload the circuit with an “electrical octopus.” LAB SAFETY ORIENTATION

    20. Projectile Launcher Hazardous if misused. Precautions required. IT IS A GUN.

    21. Do not look down the barrel. Warn others about your plan. Clear the path prior to launching. Eye protection is required.

    22. Safety is not an outcome. Safety is not a goal. SAFETY IS A BEHAVIOR