Hazardous and toxic substances are defined as those chemicals present in the workplace which are capable of causing harm. In this definition, the term chemicals includes dusts, mixtures, and common materials such as paints, fuels, and solvents.
Many workers are unaware of chemicals that create potential hazards in their work environment, making them more vulnerable to exposure and injury; therefore, it's important to be informed about these potential hazards. For more information, please click here to access references designed to aid in recognizing hazards associated with hazardous and toxic substances.
Prompt response is important if a person has been occupationally or instructionally injured from or exposed to hazardous chemicals. Safety Data Sheets (SDS's) should be consulted for specific procedures and controls. Every situation is unique. Practice good judgment. All actions should be made with the victim’s health as the first priority. After (or during) any incident, the Person in Charge (i.e. supervisor, manager, etc.) and Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) should be notified within 24 hours after exposure.
In the event of an exposure to a hazardous substance, employees should perform the following procedures:
If you need to obtain further information, please contact The Office of Environmental Health and Safety at (631) 420-2105.
Emergency Medical Attention:
For incidents occurring:
For All Medical Attention – Farmingdale State College Employees:
If you are a Farmingdale State College employee and you have been exposed to a hazardous substance on the job during your employment:
Hazardous Chemical Exposure Incident Reporting Form:
This form is required to be completed for all hazardous chemical exposures!
This form can be submitted electronically by selecting the "SUBMIT" button on the top, right corner of the first page. This on-line reporting system allows Farmingdale State College employees an easier means to report hazardous chemical exposures to the Environmental Health and Safety Officer. Please note, this system does not contact emergency services - please call 2111 or (631) 420-2111 if emergency services are needed.
Alternatively, this form can be submitted as a hard copy to the Environmental Health and Safety Officer at:
135 Horton Hall
fax (631) 420-9173
Investigate the accident or incident to determine the cause and initiate any necessary corrective action to rectify the problem. Report your findings to the Environmental Health and Safety Officer. If you need assistance conducting this investigation, contact the Environmental Health and Safety Officer at (631) 420-2105. All corrective actions identified during the investigation shall be the responsibility of the supervisor and associated department.
If an injury or illness involving a student consists of a hazardous chemical exposure, needle stick, or bloodborne pathogen exposure, the Person in Charge (i.e. professor, lab manager, etc.) and/or the Health and Wellness Center (if medical treatment is received/reported there) shall ensure a Student Injury/Illness Assessment Form is completed and report the injury/illness to the Environmental Health and Safety Officer who shall evaluate if further investigation is necessary.
Prompt response is important if a person has been injured or exposed (by needlestick, splash, or direct contact) to human or non-human primate blood, body fluids, or a laboratory-associated exposure to bloodborne pathogens, infectious agents, or recombinant DNA has occurred.
If exposed, immediately do the following:
Immediately seek medical evaluation:
Person In Charge Must: