Emergencies & Exposures
It is imperative that all emergencies on campus 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. If you are off campus, please call 911.
Examples of medical emergencies include but are not limited to:
- heart attack, chest pain
- loss of consciousness, head injury
- eye injury
- shortness of breath
TUPD will assess the situation and arrange for you to be transported to either the nearest emergency department or the OHS office on campus.
It is critical that basic information is provided to ensure the appropriate response personnel is quickly dispatched. Basic information includes:
- Your name and phone number
- Exact location of emergency
- Description of emergency
- Extent of injury
While communicating with TUPD, you must be aware of your surroundings and ensure 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
- For any lab exposure incident, call the Exposure Response Call Center. The ERCC is available 24/7 at 866-360-8100. If you do have a workplace incident, it's important to know what to do in case of an exposure.
- For any Biological exposure, please follow the recommendations in Biological Exposure Response Plans
- For Blood Born Pathogen Exposure (BBP), please follow the recommendations in BBP Exposure Control Plans
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.