UPenn Alert: ALL University phone lines including PennComm are down due to a major Verizon outage. Call 9-1-1 for emergencies until further notice. (Cellphones only no landlines)

EHRS can be reached at the following phone numbers:

From a University phone dial: 8-4453

General Issues - 215-901-0663

Radiation Issues - 215-651-5986

 

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Injuries
Injuries Requiring Emergency Department treatment from Philadelphia campus

Call  215-573-3333 or 511 from a Penn campus phone.  Provide the address of your location/building to the operator and stay with the injured person until help arrives.

In the case of exposure to chemicals, biohazards or radioactive materials, immediately flush the contaminated area with water for at least 15 minutes at a safety shower or faucet. Remove contaminated clothing.

 

Injuries Requiring Emergency Department treatment at New Bolton Center or Morris Arboretum

Call 911, provide the address of your location/building to the operator and stay with the injured person until help arrives.

In the case of exposure to chemicals, biohazards or radioactive materials, immediately flush the contaminated area with water for at least 15 minutes at a safety shower or faucet. Remove contaminated clothing.

Injuries NOT Requiring Emergency Department treatment

For injuries not requiring an ambulance, refer to medical treatment for locations where employees, students and visitors should report for treatment.

 

Fire
Fire in a University Building

Leave the fire area; close the door if possible; PULL THE NEAREST FIRE ALARM STATION.

On the Philadelphia campus call 215-573-3333, or 511 from a campus phone.  

From New Bolton Center or Morris Arboretum Call 911 .   State your name, the location and the extent of the fire. If applicable, state the nature of any handicap you or someone else may have or the need for an ambulance. 

• Evacuate the building by following EXIT signs to fire exits. DO NOT USE ELEVATORS. 

• People who have mobility impairments and/or who use wheelchairs should remain in a fire tower or in a designated area of refuge, if there is one, until help arrives. 

• Remain at the Building Area of Refuge (BAR) and be ready to receive and direct emergency response personnel to the fire when they arrive. 

Hazardous Material Exposures
To the SKIN

In case of a skin exposure to chemicals, biohazards or radioactive materials, immediately flush the contaminated area with water for at least 15 minutes at a safety shower or faucet. Remove contaminated clothing. Do not use neutralizing agents.  Seek medical treatment.

To the EYES

In case of an eye exposure to chemicals, biohazards or radioactive materials, immediately flush the eye with water for at least 15 minutes at an eyewash or faucet. Remove contact lenses while flushing the eye. Seek medical treatment.

Hydrofluoric Acid (HF)

All exposures to hydrofluoric acid (HF) must be treated as a medical emergency. Hydrofluoric acid exposures require special first aid measures immediately after exposure. (An HF-exposure kit must be available in all labs where HF is stored or handled.)

All exposures to hydrofluoric acid must be treated by a health care provider. 

Radioactive Emergencies and Spills

To contact EHRS Monday through Friday, and on weekends (24 hours a day)

  • (215) 898-7187 or (215) 573-6626

If your call is not answered:

  • from University of Pennsylvania locations, call University Police 511 (Main campus phone) or (215) 573-3333

If you are not located on the University of Pennsylvania's campus, please follow the emergency procedures for your institution.

Biohazard Spill

Lab personnel are responsible for initiating cleanup and disinfection in the event of a biohazard spill in a laboratory. If assistance is required contact EHRS at (215) 898-4453 (24 hours)

For additional information on Biological Spills see the Biological Safety Manual.

Chemical Spill

If a spill occurs immediately alert personnel in the area and do what is necessary to protect life. Confine the spill if possible.

Call for assistance if the spill is large; a threat to personnel, students or the public; involves corrosives, highly toxic, or reactive chemicals.  If there is the slightest doubt how to proceed, do not hesitate to call for assistance.  See top of this page if injured.

  • Office of Environmental Health and Radiation Safety for spills on Main Campus, New Bolton Center or Morris Arboretum at (215) 898-4453 (24 hours)
     
  • University Police 511 (Main campus phone) or (215) 573-3333