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. The completed form, and Accident Book, must be returned upon completion. The form will then be given to the Area Safety Officer for processing.
Record in the Accident/Incident Report Book (kept in Reception area) 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.