Emergencies & Exposures

It is imperative that all emergencies are immediately reported to the Tufts University Police Department (TUPD). TUPD is staffed 24 hours/day, 7days/week and can be reached at: 617-627-6911.

Examples of medical emergencies include but are not limited to:

  • stroke
  • heart attack, chest pain
  • loss of consciousness, head injury

TUPD will assess the situation and arrange for you to be transported to either the nearest emergency department, or to the OHS office on campus. 

It is critical that basic information is provided to assure the appropriate response personnel are quickly dispatched. Basic information includes:

  1. Your name and phone number
  2. Exact location of emergency
  3. Description of emergency
  4. Extent of injury if any
  5. Type of chemical if a spill has occurred

While communicating with TUPD it is important to be aware of your surroundings and assure your safety is not compromised. Remain on the phone unless directed otherwise by TUPD.

For more information please refer to the Tufts Emergency Response Guide.

Exposures to Hazardous Materials

If you're exposed to hazardous materials in the workplace, do your best to stay calm and follow these steps...

1.) Take Emergency Action, If Needed

Immediately call University Police at 617-627-6911. (For fires on the Boston Health Sciences and School of the Museum of Fine Arts campuses first call 911.)

2.) Utilize Resources with Instructions on How to Handle an Exposure

If you do have a workplace incident, it's important to know what to do in case of an exposure. For any lab exposure incident, immediate medical consultation is available through the Exposure Response Call Center. The ERCC is available 24/7 at 866-360-8100.

3.) Complete an Accident/Incident Report Form

The Accident/Incident Report Form should be used by all faculty members, staff members, students, contractors and visitors to report any accident that resulted in bodily injury/illness, an incident that could have resulted in bodily injury (a near miss) or an incident that resulted in property damage that occurred on Tufts property or on a Tufts sponsored/approved activity off campus.

If you are exposed to a biological, chemical, radiological, or other toxic agent in a research lab, please call the Exposure Response Call Center (ERCC) at 866-360-8100 

Under OSHA chemical hygiene, any worker exposed to a chemical is entitled to medical counseling and review, and treatment if needed.  This includes students and employees. Certain chemicals have specific medical surveillance requirements (Laboratory Use of Chemicals that Require Occupational Medical Services (OSHA 1910)). Under the OSHA BBP Standard any employee with risk of exposure to human blood or other potentially infectious materials is entitled to Hepatitis B vaccination and post-exposure evaluation.