Accidents & reporting them
Serious Injury: call for medical help without delay
Eyes: if a chemical gets into an eye, wash out the substance at once and continue washing for at least fifteen minutes: CALL A FIRST AIDER.
Skin contamination: take immediate action to remove the contamination and wash for fifteen minutes.
DO NOT WAIT FOR PAIN OR OTHER UNPLEASANT SYMPTOMS TO DEVELOP.
Delay can have very serious consequences: some highly toxic substances that can be readily absorbed through the skin yet do not cause immediate pain.
If the injured person requires hospital treatment and they can be moved they should be sent by private car to either the Accident and Emergency Department at the John Radcliffe Hospital (tel: 9-(01865) 220208) or the Emergency Eye Department in the hospital’s West Wing (tel: 9-(01865) 224800). If possible, call the hospital to warn them in advance. Ask at your local reception to find an approved departmental driver to take you to the hospital.
It is very important that all accident / incident reports are completed fully and promptly. From Monday 1 June 2020, a new online system was introduced to record health and safety and environmental incidents. The Incident Reporting and Investigation System (IRIS) replaces the paper accident/incident report forms, and enables staff and students to log incidents securely online.
For more information or to report an incident, please visit the University Safety Office website and click on Report an Incident. A link can also be found in the safety section of the departmental intranet.
Record the following as soon as possible:
- All accidents causing injury,
- Incidents that do not cause injury but which under other circumstances might have done so – near misses.
- Incidents that result in damage to property, for example water damage from leaking equipment.