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Family Safety

BNL requires that you OBEY ALL SIGNS & POSTING. Failure to do so may result in disciplinary action or dismissal. IF YOU DO NOT BELONG IN AN AREA, DO NOT ENTER, DO NOT TOUCH, KEEP OUT!!

Emergency Telephone Numbers

Emergency - Dial 2222 or 911 from a Laboratory telephone if someone is experiencing an emergency health concern.
Emergency from pay phones or cell phones, dial 631-344-2222
BNL Information Hotline - 344-INFO (4636) check for delayed openings due to inclement weather
Poison Control - 1-800-222-1222
Non-emergency: BERA/Recreation/Quality of Life Office, Ext. 5090
BNL Clinic: Ext. 3670
National Safety Council:
American Red Cross:

Proper Way to Sneeze

Apartment Residents

Upon sounding of the BNL site sirens, residents of the apartment area shall proceed indoors, close all windows and doors, and await further instructions from the Fire Dept or the Local Emergency Coordinator (LEC). The front entrance of the housing units displays the building manager and emergency contacts.

Please familiarize yourself with the locations of fire extinguishers and how to use them. In the event of an emergency dial 2222. Alarm testing is done periodically in the apartments and dormitories.

Reporting Dangerous Conditions or Medical Emergencies
In the event of an emergency such as medical, fire, hazardous chemical spills, or serious injury, dial 2222 or 911 from a Laboratory telephone or pull the nearest fire alarm box.

Do not alter power cords or electrical outlets. Doing so can produce dangerous results. If you need to convert a European plug, this should be done via an approved plug adapter. These adapters are an interface that attaches between the European plug and the American socket. Power converters adjust the voltage. Adapters and converters can be purchased at the BERA Store, the Housing Office, Radio Shack, K-Mart, Home Depot and a variety of other stores. If you require assistance obtaining an adapter or converter, please contact the Housing Office at Ext. 2541 or 2551.

The Safety Hotline, Ext. 8800, may be called at any time to report unsafe conditions or to ask a question.

Site Sirens
The Laboratory has established a site siren system to provide warnings of a Lab-wide emergency. The site sirens are tested every Monday at 12:00pm (noon). The Lab signals and your actions are as follows (building public address announcements will assist you).

** Continuous sounding of site sirens for five minutes - Proceed immediately to the Building Assembly Area. Await instructions which may include the nature of the emergency, the type, sequence, and routes for evacuation.

** Intermittent sounding of site sirens for five minutes – Evacuate the site immediately.

Child & Family Safety

Choking Prevention

If an adult or child begins to choke during any function while on site at BNL, whether at the Rec Hall, in your apartment, anywhere, call 911 or 2222 immediately! Even if you think that the child/person will be ok, it is MUCH SAFER to call first!  CALL FIRST, and then attend to their first-aid. If needed, the fire department can be sent away later without precious minutes being lost!

Throughout the year, employees and guests bring their families to Brookhaven, to see the site and visit the workplace, to use the Lab's recreation facilities or attend special events, or to live in the apartment area. In addition to exercising common sense regarding child and family health and safety while at Brookhaven, there are a few additional precautions that children and families must take, given the nature of the Labıs research and operations.

On site, known potential and actual hazards resulting from on-site research and operations are restricted by being roped or fenced off, and/or by being identified by warning signs, tapes, and labels containing information and instructions regarding these hazards. Objects and areas identified as hazards can be found indoors and outdoors. Therefore, children, especially young children who cannot read and comprehend such information, must be supervised while on site, and they must be instructed not to play in or around hazardous areas. Obey all posted signs.

There are also some potential hazards, such as Lyme disease and West Nile Virus, that exist as a result of BNL's wooded campus, Northeast U.S. location, etc. and that are discussed in this guide.

In addition to known hazards, some as-yet-unidentified hazards may exist. For instance, while walking in the woods, employees have very occasionally over the years found unexploded munitions that remain from the Labıs days as Camp Upton, an Army training camp during World War I. Therefore, all guests and their family members, especially children, must be instructed not to touch any unusual material or object that they may encounter while on site, indoors or out. Instead, remember the location of anything unusual and report it to BNLıs emergency responders at Ext. 2222 or the on-site Ext. 911.

If, in spite of these precautions, you have a safety concern or you or a family member is injured, then immediately contact BNL's emergency responders at Ext. 2222 or the on-site Ext. 911.

Child Development Center at BNL

Safety and Health Services

Defensive Driving Program (Points & Insurance Reduction Program)


If you have any questions, please contact Christine Carter at 631-344-5090.

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Last Modified: October 20, 2014