General Lab Information

Emergency and Safety Procedures

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).

Please familiarize yourself with the locations of fire extinguishers and how to use them. Alarm testing is done periodically in the apartments and dormitories.

In the event of an emergency dial 2222 or 911 from a Laboratory telephone.

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 p.m. (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.