What to Do in Case of ...

The quickest and easiest way to obtain professional help for any type of emergency, day or night, is to call 911. Dialing 911 from any University landline phone will directly connect you with the University of Arizona Police Department. If calling from a cell phone, you will get the local emergency telephone system. Identify the location as the University of Arizona and you will immediately be connected to UAPD.

When calling to report an emergency, stay calm, identify yourself, and carefully explain the problem and location to the dispatcher. Remain on the phone until the dispatcher tells you to hang up. If you cannot stay on the line, tell the dispatcher that you must leave and where you can be reached.

Major Incident – Immediate Emergency Procedures

  • Call 911.
  • Do what is necessary to protect life and health.
  • Attend to injured or contaminated persons and remove them from danger.
  • Alert people to evacuate the area.
  • Close doors to the affected area.
  • Have person knowledgeable of incident and area assist emergency personnel.
  • During normal operating hours employees should notify their supervisor of the emergency and begin to take the appropriate action warranted by the situation.
  • Emergency "blue light" phones are located throughout the campus with direct access to University police.

Active Shooter/Armed Individual
Biological Spill
Bomb Threat and Suspicious Objects
Building Evacuation
Chemical Exposure
Chemical Spills and Other Accidental Releases
Emergency Travel Assistance Services
Evacuation of Disabled Persons
Personal Injury
Radiation Spill
Suspicious/Threatening Parcels and Letters
Utility Failure

Active Shooter/Armed Individual

When an active shooter is in your vicinity, quickly determine the most reasonable way to protect your own life. Students, employees and visitors are likely to follow the directions of instructors, supervisors and administrators during an active shooter situation. (Download a poster with steps to follow in case of an armed individual here.)


  • Have an escape route and plan in mind
  • Leave your belongings behind (take keys and phones only if it doesn’t delay your escape)
  • Keep your hands visible


  • Hide in an area out of the active shooter’s view
  • Block entry to your hiding place and lock the doors if possible

Take action

  • As a last resort and only when your life is in danger
  • Attempt to incapacitate the active shooter
  • Act with physical aggression and throw items at the shooter

Call 911 when it is safe to do so

How to respond when law enforcement arrives:

  • Remain calm and follow instructions from officers
  • Immediately raise hands and spread fingers when instructed by officers
  • Keep hands visible at all times
  • Avoid making quick movements toward officers such as attempting to go to them for safety
  • Avoid pointing, screaming or yelling
  • Don’t stop to ask officers for help or direction when evacuating; proceed in the direction from which officers are entering the building/area of toward the location designated by officers

Information you should provide to law enforcement and 911

  • Location of the active shooter/s
  • Number of shooters
  • Physical description of the shooter/s
  • Number and type of weapons possessed by the shooter/s
  • Number of potential victims and their locations at the incident scene

Recognizing signs of potential workplace violence

An active shooter may be a current or former employee or student. If you believe an employee/student is an immediate threat or exhibits potentially violent behavior, call Human Resources at 520-621-3662 if the individual is an employee. Call the Dean of Student office at 520-621-7057 if the individual is a student. If the individual is not affiliated with the University, call 911.

Indications of potentially violent behavior may include:

  • Increased use of alcohol and/or drugs
  • Unexplained increase in absenteeism and/or vague physical complaints
  • Depression/withdrawal
  • Increased severe mood swings and noticeably unstable or emotional responses
  • Increasing mentions of problems at home, school or work
  • Increase in unsolicited comments about violence, firearms and other dangerous weapons and violent crime


Biological Spill

Biological spills outside biological safety cabinets will generate aerosols that can be dispersed in the air throughout the laboratory. These spills are very serious if they involve microorganisms that require Biosafety Level (BSL) 3 containment, since most of these agents have the potential for transmitting disease by infectious aerosols. To reduce the risk of inhalation exposure in such an incident, occupants should hold their breath and leave the laboratory immediately. The laboratory should not be re-entered to decontaminate and clean up the spill for at least 30 minutes. During this time the aerosol will be removed from the laboratory by the exhaust air ventilation system. Appropriate protective equipment is particularly important in decontaminating spills involving microorganisms that require BSL 2 or BSL 3 containment. This equipment includes lab coat with long sleeves, back-fastening gown or jumpsuit, disposable gloves, disposable shoe covers, and safety goggles and mask or full-face shield. Use of this equipment will prevent contact with contaminated surfaces and protect eyes and mucous membranes from exposure to splattered materials.

Spill Involving a Microorganism Requiring BSL 1 or BSL 2 Containment

  • Alert people in immediate area of spill.
  • Put on proper personal protective equipment.
  • Cover spill with paper towels or absorbent pads.
  • Carefully pour a freshly prepared 10% (vol./vol. w/water) dilution of household bleach around the edges of the spill and then into the spill. Avoid splashing.
  • Allow a 15-minute contact period.
  • Use paper towels to wipe up the spill, working from the edges into the center.
  • Clean spill area with fresh towels soaked in disinfectant.
  • Place towels in a red plastic bag for disposal in the biohazardous waste.

Spill Involving a Microorganism Requiring BSL 3 Containment

  • Attend to injured or contaminated persons and remove them from exposure.
  • Alert people in the laboratory to evacuate.
  • Close doors to affected area.
  • Call Biological Spill Emergency Response number (621-1790).
  • Have person knowledgeable of incident and laboratory assist emergency personnel.


Bomb Threat and Suspicious Objects

It is possible, although highly unlikely, that a staff member may someday receive a threatening telephone call, letter or e-mail, or might receive a suspicious parcel or discover a suspicious item somewhere on campus. A suspicious item is defined as anything that is out of place and cannot be accounted for or any item suspected of being an explosive device.

Telephone Threat

  • Remain calm. Do not hang up! Listen carefully.
  • Try to keep the caller calm and talking so that you can gather more information. Write down all information (see Bomb Threat Checklist).
  • Attempt to find out why the caller is upset.
  • Note any characteristics about the call and caller:
    - Time of the call
    - Age and sex of the caller
    - Emotional state
    - Background noises
    - Speech pattern, accent
  • Identify the type of threat and note any details offered:
    - When is the bomb going to explode?
    - What does it look like?
    - Where is the bomb located?
    - What kind of device is it?
  • Immediately after the call ends press *57 (to trace the call) and follow the recorded instructions. Then notify University police (911) and supply them with the information obtained.

Written Threat

  • If the threat is received by mail, do not further handle the letter, envelope or package.
  • If the threat is received by e-mail, save the entire e-mail message, including any attachments, and print out a copy for police.
  • Call University police at 911 and notify your supervisor.

Suspicious Parcel, Mail, Etc.

  • Letter and Parcel Bomb Recognition Clues
    - Foreign mail, air mail and special delivery
    - No return address
    - Restrictive markings such as "confidential," "personal," etc.
    - Excessive postage, multiple stamps
    - Excessive weight, rigid envelope
    - Lopsided or uneven envelope
    - Handwritten or poorly typed address
    - Protruding wires or tinfoil
    - Incorrect titles or titles with no name, misspelled words
    - Excessive securing material (i.e., tape, string)
    - Oily stains or residues
    - Mysterious delivery
    - Shows a city or state in the postmark that does not match the return address
  • Do not handle! Keep anyone from going near it.
  • Leave the area, notify your supervisor and call University police (911).
  • If an evacuation is warranted, University police will activate the building fire alarm.
  • Evacuate the building by walking to the nearest exit and calmly direct others to do the same. Once outside, move to a clear area at least 150 feet from the affected building. Keep walkways and roads clear for emergency responders.
  • Do not re-enter the building until advised by emergency response personnel, even if the alarms have ceased.

Bomb Threat Checklist

  • Exact time of call:
  • Exact words of caller:
  • Questions to ask:
    - When is the bomb going to explode?
    - Where is the bomb?
    - What does it look like?
    - What kind of bomb is it?
    - What will cause it to explode?
    - Did you place the bomb?
    - Why?
    - Where are you calling from?
    - What is your address?
    - What is your name?
  • Caller's Voice:
    - Calm
    - Deep
    - Stutter
    - Stressed
    - Slow
    - Loud
    - Accent
    - Nasal
    - Crying
    - Broken
    - Angry
    - Lisp
    - Slurred
    - Giggling
    - Rapid
    - Excited
    - Disguised
    - Sincere
    - Squeaky
    - Normal
  • If voice is familiar, whom did it sound like?
  • Were there any background noises?
  • Remarks:
  • Person receiving call:
  • Telephone number call received at:
  • Date:


Building Evacuation

These guidelines are to assist occupants who may have to evacuate a building in an emergency situation. Circumstances that may require building evacuation include power failure, criminal activity, discovery of a suspicious object, fire, or an unexpected release of a hazardous material. Always remain calm and follow the directions given by emergency responders (police or fire department personnel), building managers or other persons of authority.

Evacuation Notice

In most cases, use of the building fire alarm system is the most efficient and universally understood means to notify building occupants to begin an evacuation. When the fire alarm activates, a loud horn or siren sounds, accompanied by flashing strobe lights. In some buildings there may also be a recorded voice notification.

At other times, it may be necessary to notify building occupants to evacuate in a more discreet manner. These orders may be given by police or fire personnel, building managers, supervisors, or other University officials.


In all cases, when notice is made to evacuate, leave the building right away in an orderly manner using established evacuation routes and stairs.
DO NOT use the elevators.

Take immediately available personal items with you (i.e. purses, backpacks, etc.) as these items may not be available to you for some time.
DO NOT go back into a building to retrieve personal items.

Go to your pre-determined gathering point or remain at a distance of at least 200 feet from the building. Follow all orders from authorized persons. If you are a supervisor, try to account for your employees and report any missing persons to the emergency personnel at the scene.

DO NOT re-enter the building until directed to do so by emergency response personnel.


Building Managers and Department administrators are required to plan evacuation gathering locations for their personnel. A tool to assist in this planning (Word). Please fill in the highlighted sections and use this to notify your building/departmental personnel of the University's fire alarm and evacuation policy.


Chemical Exposure

In addition to the actions for personal injury (LINK “personal injury” TO PERSONAL INJURY SECTION BELOW), supervisors of employees who are chemically exposed shall ensure that the following information is provided to the physician at the time medical care is rendered:

  • the identity of the hazardous chemical(s) to which the affected person may have been exposed;
  • a description of the conditions under which the exposure occurred including quantitative exposure data, if available, and
  • a description of the signs and symptoms of exposure that the affected person is experiencing, if any.

Interim First Aid

Chemical Inhalation

  • If large amounts of a hazardous material are inhaled, immediately get to fresh air.
  • If not feeling well or if there is persistent respiratory burning, immediately call the Arizona Poison & Drug Information Center at 800-222-1222 for advice as to whether further actions are required.
  • If experiencing extreme pain or difficulty breathing, get medical care as soon as possible!
  • If the affected person is unconscious, move the exposed person to fresh air at once, if safe to do so, and request emergency medical assistance (call 911 or tell someone to call for you). If the affected person’s breathing has stopped, perform artificial respiration if you are trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). Keep the affected person warm and at rest.

Skin Contact with Chemicals

  • If hazardous materials get on the skin, immediately flush the contaminated skin with copious amounts of plain water for at least 15 minutes, while removing all contaminated clothing and shoes.
  • Immediately after flushing with water, call the Arizona Poison & Drug Information Center at 800-222-1222 for advice as to whether further actions are required.
  • If you do not feel well or if there is persistent burning or extreme pain, get medical care as soon as possible!

Eye Contact with Chemicals

  • If hazardous materials get into the eyes, immediately irrigate the eyes with copious amounts of plain water for a minimum of at least 15 minutes, while holding the eyelids open and rolling the eyes.
  • Immediately following the eye washing, get medical care as soon as possible!

Ingestion or Injection of Chemicals

  • If hazardous materials are ingested or injected via a puncture wound, immediately wash out the affected area with copious amounts of water and if there is a puncture wound, make it bleed.
  • Immediately following the washing, call the Arizona Poison Information Center at 800-222-1222 for advice as to whether further actions are required.
  • If you do not feel well or if there is persistent burning or extreme pain, get medical care as soon as possible!


  • Extinguish any burning clothing by using the emergency shower, dousing with water, or wrapping the person in a coat, blanket or whatever is available to extinguish the fire, and roll the person on the floor.
  • Quickly remove any clothing contaminated with chemicals.
  • Flush burned areas with water to remove heat. Continue to flush with plain water for at least 15 minutes if chemicals are involved.
  • Place clean, wet, cold cloths on the burned area.
  • Get medical care immediately if the burn is serious, extensive, or you are in doubt.


  • If an individual is bleeding severely, control the bleeding by compressing the wound with a cloth or whatever is available. Elevate the injury above the level of the heart. Get medical care as soon as possible!
  • In the case of a less severe cut, wash the cut and remove any pieces of glass if present. If the cut is not trivial, get medical care as soon as possible!


Chemical Spills and Other Accidental Releases

The range and quantity of hazardous substances used in laboratories require preplanning to respond safely to chemical spills. Only knowledgeable and experienced personnel should do the cleanup of a chemical spill. Spill kits with instructions, absorbents, reactants, and protective equipment should be available to clean up minor spills. A minor chemical spill is one that the laboratory staff is capable of handling safely without the assistance of safety and emergency personnel. All other chemical spills are considered major. Contact Risk Management & Safety (621-1790) to ensure proper procedures are taken to clean up the spill.

Major Chemical Spill

  • If the situation is life or health threatening or you are unsure, immediately evacuate the laboratory, floor, or building, shut doors to the area, and alert those in the vicinity to do the same. If necessary, pull the nearest fire alarm and evacuate the building.
  • From a remote location, immediately call the University of Arizona Police Department by dialing 911.
  • Have person knowledgeable of incident and laboratory assist emergency personnel.

Minor Chemical Spill

  • If the situation is not health threatening and trained people and proper cleanup equipment are on hand, you may clean up the spill and dispose of waste materials properly.
  • However, even under seemingly innocuous conditions, it is recommended that RM&S be consulted to be sure that the right steps are being taken to clean up the spill.

Major Toxic or Flammable Gas Leak

  • If the situation is life or health threatening or you are unsure, immediately evacuate the laboratory, shut doors to the area and alert those in the vicinity to do the same.
  • Pull the nearest fire alarm to evacuate the building and notify emergency response personnel.
  • Remain at a distance of at least 200 feet from the building, wait for emergency response personnel and provide them with any details you may know about the problem.
  • If you are a supervisor, try to account for your employees and report any missing persons to the emergency personnel at the scene.
  • Do not re-enter the building until directed to do so by emergency response personnel.

Minor Toxic or Flammable Gas Leak

  • If the situation is not health threatening, place the leaking cylinder in a fume hood, close the sash and open windows if possible to ventilate the area.
  • Notify RM&S immediately by calling 621-1790.

Mercury Spill

  • Notify RM&S immediately by calling 621-1790. RM&S has a vacuum specifically designed for mercury use. The vacuum collects mercury droplets and captures mercury vapor.
  • Isolate the spill. Restrict foot traffic in the area. Protect sinks and floor drains from contamination.
  • Do not put sulfur on the spill. It hinders cleanup and makes ultimate disposal difficult and more expensive.

Unusual or Out-of-Place Odor

  • Call RM&S at 621-1790 to report the odor. RM&S will provide guidance or investigates the odor if necessary.


Emergency Travel Assistance Services

International Travel Insurance Programs

The State of Arizona provides several programs of insurance coverage for University-related international travel. Some programs are exclusively for employees traveling or stationed abroad in the course and scope of their job duties. Other programs are available to students and volunteers traveling abroad as part of a University-sponsored program. The information below outlines these coverage programs and provides links to additional information for travelers. The insurance coverage described herein is provided at no cost to University travelers or their departments and is automatically in force for qualified individuals subject to the limitations described below.

Insurance Programs Available to UA Employees

University faculty and staff that are stationed or travel abroad in the course and scope of their employment duties are covered by worker's compensation insurance for injuries received while on the job. Additionally, liability coverage is provided for employees anywhere in the world while acting in the course and scope of employment.

State of Arizona International Insurance Program Overview (Word document)

Insurance Programs Available to UA Students and Volunteers

UA students and volunteers traveling outside the U.S. on University business are provided limited accident insurance at no cost by State Risk Management. The benefits are limited by the insurance policy, and are excess other valid and collectible insurance that the traveler may already have in place.
Details of the program (PDF)

A similar travel accident insurance policy is also in effect for UA students and volunteers while on domestic travel as part of a University-sponsored program or activity. Details of the domestic travel accident insurance policy can be found online at Student & Volunteer Accident and Medical Insurance (PDF).

Travel Assistance Program for UA Employees, Students, and Volunteers

General travel assistance and security assistance is available to all University employees, students, and volunteers while traveling on University business or as part of a University-sponsored program or activity. These services can assist travelers in difficult or problem circumstances during a trip. Services include assistance with emergency medical issues, lost documents, translation services, embassy information, repatriation, and emergency evacuation. A complete list of services and instructions for accessing assistance are available at Travel and Security Assistance Services Coverage Descriptions (PDF). It is recommended that travelers print out the document and take it on their trip.

International Claim Reporting

In the event of an injury while traveling abroad on University business, contact Risk Management & Safety at your earliest convenience to report the injury. The international insurance company for the State of Arizona and the UA is ACE. Our goal is for the process of filing and handling your claim to be the same as for an injury that occurs on campus. By contacting Risk Management & Safety as soon as possible, we will start the process to get your claim filed with State Risk Management and ACE on your behalf.

UA Vehicle Travel Into Mexico

University vehicles traveling into Mexico are covered by a Mexican automobile Insurance program through Arizona Risk Management. Travelers MUST obtain a Mexican insurance packet from Risk Management & Safety specific for each vehicle prior to the trip.
Complete details and instructions

New Interim Policy Affecting Travel to Countries with U.S. State Department Warnings

The University of Arizona's commitment to expanding our global presence continues to create opportunities for teaching, research and service across the globe, sometimes into areas where hazardous conditions for travel may be present. To balance the value of University activity abroad against such risks, a new interim policy has been developed and adopted by the President's Cabinet.
The Interim Policy Concerning Study, Travel, and Research in Countries Under U.S. State Department Travel Warnings (PDF)
Travel Warning Release Form (PDF format)

The intent of the policy is to ensure that UA sponsored or authorized travel to countries under U.S. State Department warning status is carefully evaluated in advance, and subject to review and approval as outlined in the policy. The document is divided into sections addressing student travel as part of University programs, and faculty/staff travel in the course and scope of University employment.

The U.S. State Department provides extensive travel safety information on its website at: http://travel.state.gov/. Specifically, UA travelers should review the lists for travel warnings and travel alerts to see if they include areas of planned travel.

Travel to Sanctioned Countries

For any person traveling to a country with a trade sanction, there is no coverage (nor any service from Executive Assistance) if the person conducts an illegal or sanctioned activity.

A list of sanctioned countries and summaries concerning travel can be viewed on the  Office of Foreign Assets Control website. The OFAC website includes the following introduction:

The Office of Foreign Assets Control ("OFAC") of the U.S. Department of the Treasury administers and enforces economic and trade sanctions against targeted foreign countries, terrorism sponsoring organizations and international narcotics traffickers based on U.S. foreign policy and national security goals. OFAC acts under Presidential wartime and national emergency powers, as well as authority granted by specific legislation, to impose controls on transactions and freeze foreign assets under U.S. jurisdiction. Many of the sanctions are based on United Nations and other international mandates, are multilateral in scope, and involve close cooperation with allied governments.

Travel to War Zones

If a person plans travel to a trade-sanctioned country, there is a high likelihood that country may also have other high travel risks, political or social unrest, or war. Such countries are subject to change; a current list is maintained by the UA Risk Management office.

Any individual wishing to travel to a war zone on University business must contact Risk Management & Safety to determine the current insurance coverage status for the country or countries to be visited. Justification and approval for the travel must be obtained from the individual's dean or vice president after review of the travel risk and insurance issues involved.

Current policy exclusions include:

  1. Any loss as a result of conducting a trade-sanctioned activity;
  2. A loss as a result of war in any country with a trade sanction, and/or: Afghanistan, Albania, Angola, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Burundi, Central African Republic, Cote d'Ivoire, Cuba, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, Georgia, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Iran, Iraq, Kosovo, Kyrgyz Republic, Libya, Macedonia, North Korea, Northern Ireland, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Uganda, Uzbekistan, West Bank and Gaza, Yemen, Zaire.

Travel Warning Information

The most current information on travel risks around the world is available on the U.S. State Department website.


Evacuation of Disabled Persons

These guidelines for the evacuation of disabled persons from University buildings have been endorsed by the Department of Risk Management & Safety, the University of Arizona Police Department, the Tucson Fire Department, the Disability Resource Center, Residence Life and the ADA/504 Officer. They are general guidelines to address most evacuation scenarios.

Emergency Situations

If a person with a disability is able to exit the building without use of the elevator, then evacuation should follow the appropriate route out of the building. If exit from the building is only possible by use of the elevator, follow the procedures outlined below:

  • The disabled person should proceed or ask for assistance to the nearest enclosed or exterior stairwell or "area of safe refuge" and remain there. In case of a fire, enclosed building stairwells are "safe refuge areas," and have a higher fire resistive rating. The disabled person should notify an individual (i.e. a co-worker, supervisor, instructor, or building monitor) of their specific location. If possible, the disabled person can notify 911 of their location. In Residence Halls, if the disabled occupant cannot leave his or her room immediately without the assistance of another person, they should remain in the room. Notification can be made by calling 911.
  • Make sure the door to the stairwell is closed. Open doors will violate the "safe refuge area" and will allow smoke, and possibly fire, into the stairwell.
  • Once outside, anyone with information should inform the Tucson Fire Department Incident Command Center that there is a disabled person in a stairwell, which floor the person is on, and location of the stairwell or refuge area. When stairwell evacuations are necessitated, such decisions and evacuations will be made by TFD. UNIVERSITY PERSONNEL SHOULD NEVER ATTEMPT TO CARRY ANYONE DOWN THE STAIRS.

Non-Emergency Situations

Persons with a disability who need assistance leaving a building in a non-emergency situation (elevator outage, etc.) should follow the procedures outlined below:

  • Contact UAPD (621-8273). UAPD will send personnel to the location to assess the situation and will contact TFD for all evacuations. Improper evacuation techniques could harm the evacuee; therefore, UAPD will not evacuate any disabled person because they are not trained to do so.
  • Elevator outages will be reported to Facilities Management (Residence Life Maintenance for residence halls) by UAPD for immediate response. However, in the event of elevator cars stuck between floors, no removal of passengers will be performed until the car is properly leveled.
  • TFD will address non-emergency evacuations on a priority basis. This may mean a delayed response until TFD can respond.
  • UAPD personnel will remain with the person until egress is restored (i.e. elevator has been repaired) or TFD responds. They will maintain contact with TFD and Facilities Management to determine response time.



Small fires can be extinguished without evacuation. If the fire is contained in a small vessel, suffocate the fire by covering the vessel. Do not pick up the vessel. Do not cover with dry towels or cloths. Remove nearby flammable materials to avoid spread of fire. However, an immediate readiness to evacuate is essential in the event the fire cannot be quickly and simply controlled. Only trained personnel should use fire extinguishers. Never enter a room that is smoke filled. Never enter a room containing a fire without a backup person. Never enter a room if the top half of the door is warm to touch. Report the occurrence of fires to RM&S if the fire causes injury, property damage, or requires the use of a fire extinguisher.

Life Safety and Confinement

  • If the fire is burning over an area too large for the fire to be suffocated quickly and simply, immediately evacuate the area.
  • Shut doors behind you to confine the fire and smoke.
  • Do not delay your evacuation to retrieve any materials, personal possessions, etc., before evacuating.

Notification and Evacuation

  • Pull the nearest fire alarm to evacuate the building and alert emergency personnel.
  • Immediately leave the building via the stairs.
  • Do not use the elevators!
  • Go to your pre-determined gathering point or remain at a distance of at least 200 feet from the building. Wait for emergency personnel and provide them with any details you may know about the fire.
  • Information regarding Evacuation of Disabled Persons.
  • If you are a supervisor, try to account for your employees and report any missing persons to the emergency personnel at the scene.
  • Do not re-enter the building until directed to do so by emergency response personnel.


  • After other building occupants have been notified to evacuate, you may stay and attempt to extinguish small fires from a position from which you can escape provided you have been trained in the proper use of fire extinguishers and you are confident that you will be successful. RM&S periodically conducts hands-on fire extinguisher training classes. Call 621-1790 for more information.
  • Do not risk your life to fight a fire! Toxic gases, smoke and oxygen deficiency may be present during a fire.

This is How Most Fire Extinguishers Work | Learn How to P.A.S.S.:

  • Pull the pin. Some units require the releasing of a lock latch, pressing a puncture lever, or other motion.
  • Aim the extinguisher nozzle, horn or hose at the base of the fire.
  • Squeeze or press the handle.
  • Sweep from side to side at the base of the fire until it goes out. Shut off the extinguisher. Watch for reignition and reactivate the extinguisher if necessary.

Fire Extinguishers – Type

  • "A" Effective on fires composed of burning wood, paper, plastics, and fabrics.
  • "B" Effective on fires fueled by flammable liquids or grease.
  • "C" Effective on fires involving electric current.
  • "D" Effective on fires fueled by combustible metals such as magnesium and sodium, and other finely divided metal particles.
  • "K" Effective on fires in cooking appliances that use large quantities of combustible cooking oils.


Personal Injury

Medical and First Aid

  1. In case of serious injury or illness on campus, immediately call University police at 911, or use an emergency phone. Do not move a seriously injured person unless they are in further danger. Give your name and describe the nature of the problem and the location of the victim. University dispatchers will notify emergency response personnel. Police officers are trained in CPR and first aid.
  2. Quickly perform these four steps:
    - Determine welfare of victim by asking, "Are you okay?" and "What is wrong?"
    - If victim is unconscious, check pulse and breathing and give CPR or artificial respiration if necessary.
    - Control serious bleeding by direct pressure and elevation of the wound.
    - Keep victim still and comfortable; have them lie down if necessary.
  3. For minor injuries or minor medical urgencies, employees should report to theCampus Health Service if the injury or illness is minor but medical care is required. Employees may go to their private physician but they must let them know if the injury or illness is work related. Supervisors must ensure that they or a co-worker accompany the injured or ill person to the medical care facility.

First Aid Instructions

Mouth-to-Mouth Rescue Breathing:

  • Place victim on side and remove foreign matter from mouth with finger.
  • Place the victim on his/her back.
  • Tilt the victim's head back to open airway.
  • Close the victim's nostrils with your fingers.
  • Exhale until victim's chest expands. Repeat every 1 to 2 seconds after the chest deflates. Keep trying until help arrives. If unable to give breath, check victim for airway obstruction. The American Red Cross conducts CPR classes for a minimal charge. Call 318-6740 for details.

Severe Bleeding and Wounds:

  • Apply direct pressure on wound.
  • Use clean cloth or hand.
  • Elevate body part.
  • Apply pressure to blood vessel if necessary. Add more cloth if blood soaks through. Never remove bandage once applied.
  • Keep pressure on wound until help arrives.
  • Use tourniquet ONLY as a last resort.

Fainting, Unconsciousness and Shock:

  • Have victim lie down and rest.
  • Keep victim comfortable, not hot or cold.
  • Place victim on side if unconscious.
  • Ask or look for emergency medical I.D. and provide to emergency medical personnel.
  • Treat other injuries as necessary.

Burns, Thermal & Chemical:

  • Immerse burned area in cold water.
  • Flood chemical burn with cool water for 15 minutes.
  • Cover burn with dry bandage.
  • Keep victim quiet and comfortable.

Poisoning and Overdose:

  • Determine what substance is involved and how taken.
  • Call Arizona Poison and Drug Information Center at 626-6016 or 800-222-1222.
  • Stay with victim and assist as directed by Poison and Drug Information Center.

Fractures and Sprains:

  • Keep the victim still.
  • Keep injured area immobile.

Choking and Airway Obstruction:

  • If victim is coughing, or able to speak, stand by and allow victim to cough object up.
  • If unconscious, check victim's mouth and clear of foreign matter.
  • Give abdominal thrusts (Heimlich maneuver).
  • Continue thrusts until airway cleared.


Radiation Spill

Spreading of radiation beyond the spill area can easily occur by the movement of personnel involved in the spill or cleanup effort. Prevent spread by confining movement of personnel until they have been monitored and found free of contamination. A minor radiation spill is one that the laboratory staff is capable of handling safely without the assistance of safety and emergency personnel. All other radiation spills are considered major. Call the Radiation Control Office (626-6850) to ensure proper procedures are being taken to clean up the spill.

Always Remember to "S.W.I.M."

  • Stop the spill.
  • Warn other personnel.
  • Isolate the area.
  • Minimize the exposure to radiation and contamination.

Minor Radiation Spill

  • Confine the spill immediately.
  • Alert people in immediate area of spill and keep non-essential personnel out of the area.
  • Notify Laboratory Manager or Radiation Safety Office (626-6850).
  • Wear protective equipment, including safety goggles, disposable gloves, shoe covers, and long-sleeve lab coat.
  • Place absorbent paper towels over liquid spill. Place towels dampened with water over spills of solid materials.
  • Using forceps, place towels in plastic bag. Dispose in radiation waste container.
  • Monitor area, hands, and shoes for contamination with an appropriate survey meter or method. Repeat cleanup until contamination is no longer detected.

Major Radiation Spill

  • Attend to injured or contaminated persons and remove them from exposure.
  • Alert people in the laboratory to leave the immediate area.
  • Have potentially contaminated personnel stay in one area until they have been monitored and shown to be free of contamination.
  • Notify Laboratory Manager or Radiation Safety Office (626-6850).
  • Close doors and prevent entrance into affected area.
  • Have person knowledgeable of incident and laboratory assist emergency personnel.


Suspicious or Threatening Parcels and Letters

It is possible, although highly unlikely, that a staff member may someday receive a suspicious parcel or letter. Biological or chemical threats targeting individuals or departments can frequently be controlled by screening of materials and by following the procedures listed below. University police and responding Public Safety agencies have plans in place to deal with these types of threats. Following the procedures below will activate those plans and promote the highest level of safety while minimizing the disruption associated with these incidents.

  • Mail and package delivery to each department should be screened for suspicious letters and/or packages. Common features of threat letters/packages are:
    - No return address
    - Hand written or poorly typed address
    - Misspelling of common words
    - Restrictive markings such as "Confidential," "Personal," etc.
    - Incorrect titles or titles with no name
    - Shows a city or state in the postmark that does not match the return address
    - Excessive or foreign postage
    - Oily stains, discoloration or odor
    - Protruding wires or aluminum foil
    - Excessive weight and/or feel of a powdery or foreign substance
  • Suspicious letters and packages should not be opened and should not be handled any more than is absolutely necessary. If there is nothing leaking from the suspicious item leave it alone and call University police at 911.
  • If you open a letter/package that claims to have contaminated you, but there is no substance seen or felt in the envelope or on the letter, chances are that you have not been contaminated. Call University police at 911 and tell them exactly what you have done and what information you have in regard to the threatening letter. They will dispatch the appropriate personnel to your location to follow-up on your possible exposure and to document what has taken place. DO NOT handle the suspicious item any more and DO NOT let anyone else handle the item.
  • If you open a letter/package that claims to have contaminated you and there is some sort of foreign substance in the envelope or package:
    - Place the letter back into the envelope/package, close it back up, or cover the letter and substance with anything (cloth, paper, etc.). Do not remove this cover.
    - Alert others in the area to leave.
    - Wash all exposed skin with soap and water.
    - If your clothes are covered with a significant amount of the substance, carefully remove the contaminated clothing and, if possible, place into a plastic bag.
    -Call University police at 911 to report the situation and tell the dispatcher you have opened the envelope/package, there is a substance inside, and what you have done up to that point.
  • Police and Risk Management responders can evaluate the risk to those in the room at the time of potential exposure as well as any impact on the remainder of the building. Based upon that risk assessment, further emergency measures may be implemented as necessary. If the risk is found to be minimal, other areas of the facility will not be disrupted and any necessary actions to return the area involved to normal activity will begin as soon as possible.

For more information, visit the Risk Management & Safety website.


Utility Failure

The University of Arizona has a maintained infrastructure of utilities that is generally uninterrupted. However, emergencies such as electric power failure, natural gas leaks, and plumbing failure do occur. During these emergency situations, remaining calm and following the listed procedures will help minimize the disruption to everyday activities.

Power Outage

  • Remain calm.
  • If possible, call Facilities Management at 621-3000.
  • If you are in an unlighted area, proceed cautiously to an area that has lighting. Provide assistance to others in your area that may be unfamiliar with the space.
  • If instructed to evacuate, proceed cautiously to the nearest exit.

Note: Major campus buildings are equipped with an emergency light system that within 10 seconds of electrical failure will provide enough illumination in main corridors and stairways for safe exiting.

Elevator Failure

  • All campus elevators are equipped with emergency phones connected directly to University police. If you are trapped in an elevator, contact University police via the emergency phone. If you discover an emergency (i.e., trapped occupants) involving an elevator, phone University police immediately (911).

Serious Gas Leak

  • Cease all operations and immediately vacate the area.
  • Do not turn on or off any electrical appliances, lights, etc.
  • From a distant phone immediately call University police at 911 and Facilities Management at 621-3000.

Plumbing Failure/ Flooding

  • Call Facilities Management at 621-3000 immediately and tell the respondent of the exact location and severity of leak.
  • If there are electrical appliances and outlets near the leak, use extreme caution.
  • If there is any possible danger, evacuate the area.
  • If you know the source of the water and can safely stop it (i.e. unclog the drain, turn off the water, etc.) do so cautiously.
  • Be prepared to assist as directed in protecting objects that are in jeopardy. Take only essential steps to avoid or reduce immediate water damage, by covering, removing or elevating them.