Emergency Equipment

Use If Needed

Earlham College provides safety and emergency equipment to all areas using potentially hazardous chemicals.

Safety Showers & Eyewash Stations

Safety showers and eyewash stations are located in and near lab areas that use potentially hazardous chemicals.  Safety Showers and Eyewash stations are located in the Chemistry, Biology and Art labs at Earlham College.  Know where your closest station is when working with chemicals.

Eye-washes should be used if a chemical gets in the eye. Contact lenses should be removed after a short initial flush of water to aid in the flushing process.

Safety showers should be used if a large quantity of a chemical (especially strong acid or base) is spilled on ones clothing. Affected clothing should be removed to assist in flushing chemicals away from skin. Showers can also be used to extinguish a fire on a persons clothing.

Fire Extinguishers

Fire extinguishers are located in every laboratory and stockroom. The types found in labs include:

Dry chemical type (Ammonium phosphate : ABC Rated; combustibles, liquids, and electrical fires)

Carbon Dioxide (CO2; BC Rated; liquids and electrical fires)

Also, the Chemistry stockroom has a Class D fire extinguisher for combustible metals. It uses sodium chloride to put out metal fires such as sodium, potassium metals, and other metal powders.

Know where the closest appropriate fire extinguisher is when working with chemicals.

Fire Blankets

Fire blankets are available in some laboratories in Biology and Chemistry. Once designed to be used to smother flames on a persons clothes, these wool blankets are no longer recommended to be used for this purpose. Instead safety showers should be used to put out flames, if possible, and then the blanket used to keep the victim warm to prevent shock until help arrives.


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