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UC Police Department (UCPD) & UCLA Fire:          9-1-1

Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S):                  (310) 825-9797

Division of Laboratory Animal Medicine (DLAM): (310) 825-2200

DGSOM Security:                                                        (310) 267-7100 

Facilities Management (FM):                                      (310) 825-9236


If you are experiencing a life-threatening emergency, please call 9-1-1 immediately.

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  • Develop a plan to protect equipment, materials and research from damage and prevent hazardous conditions. All personnel should be trained in shutting down equipment
  • Develop shut down procedures and detailed instructions for: 
    • Hazardous materials including chemicals, biologicals or radioactive materials
    • Freezers, refrigerators and critical research equipment that should be plugged into red emergency electrical outlets
    • Equipment with specific power down or restart procedures after an outage.  (e.g. NMRs, Hi-voltage Equipment, etc)
    • Gas cylinders that supply critical equipment and should not be closed (e.g. cylinders that supply a glove box)
  • If experimental animals are in use, make sure animals are secured and unable to escape before evacuation 
  • Ensure laboratory contacts for emergencies are up to date
  • Update NFPA 704 (fire diamond) at least once a year
  • Ensure critical research data is backed up or in the cloud
  • Have at least one emergency flashlight in each lab
  • Laboratory shut down procedures should be reviewed and updated with the laboratory staff periodically. 



If it is safe to do so, perform the following steps:

  • Close chemical fume hood sashes
  • Label, store and secure hazardous materials in safe compartments
  • Shut off gas valves and secure gas cylinders, except those servicing critical equipment
  • Confirm proper ventilation for cryogenic liquids
  • Check pressure-, temperature-, air- or moisture-sensitive materials and equipment. Reactions in progress may need to be terminated
  • Water-reactive materials should be placed in sealed containers and stored in areas that are unlikely to be wet
  • Unplug all electrical devices (specifically those that generate heat)
  • Seal/close and plug all refrigerators, freezers, incubators and other essential equipment into red emergency power outlets
  • Exit the laboratory and lock the door. Report all critical systems that need immediate power supply to Facilities Management (FM)
  • If the situation allows, dispose of all wastes:
    • Dispose of regular trash that may rot
    • Prepare chemical wastes by properly labeling and storing waste containers
    • Collect biohazard and medical wastes. Add bleach to disinfect any cultures or waste collected in aspiration flasks before leaving lab.   



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