Emergency Procedures


Post a copy of the Emergency Procedures brochure in a conspicuous place. This has emergency telephone numbers, locations of medical treatment facilities, and other emergency procedures. Alternatively, post the following numbers:

Fire/Medical Emergency
Environmental Health and Safety Office
Radiation Safety Office
Oklahoma Poison Control Center

It is recommended that for any emergency on campus (fire, major injury, chemical spill, etc.), employees contact Campus Police and Public Safety at (405) 271-4911 on the Oklahoma City campus, or Campus Security at (918) 660-3333 at the Schusterman and Sheridan campuses.  All other location should call 911 however, the 911 operator may not see the call as coming from your specific location but from the building where the central telephone office is located, so be sure to tell the communication specialist the exact location of the emergency.

Post the departmental dial-out procedures (for example, 9-XXX-XXXX for off-campus calls) conspicuously on or near each phone.


OSHA's Bloodborne Pathogen Regulation covers employees with occupational exposure to blood or other potentially infectious material.   "Occupational exposure" means reasonably anticipated eye, skin, mucous membrane or parenteral (needlestick) contact with human blood/blood products or other potentially infectious materials that may result from the performance of an employee's duties.

OSHA’s regulation requires a written Exposure Control Plan (found in the OUHSC Infectious Diseases Policy) to address safety precautions including the use of "universal precautions" (all blood or blood contaminated body fluids should be assumed to be infectious for HIV and other bloodborne pathogens), personal protective equipment, sharps containers, annual training and the offer of hepatitis B vaccinations for potentially exposed employees. 

If your job duties involve activities that could reasonable anticipate your exposure to human blood or body fluids (other than urine, feces, and vomitus), then you should also take the Bloodborne Pathogen Training Course.

Employees who respond to emergencies in a non-routine manner (such as first aid) should take appropriate precautions such as using personal protective equipment as follows:

  • when the hands can be exposed to blood, wear disposable gloves
  • when other parts of the body may be exposed to blood, a gown, a mask, and protective eye wear are recommended

It is recommended that each department have at least one person trained in basic first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation. This person should also receive bloodborne pathogen training and be offered the hepatitis B vaccine.

A first aid kit should be readily available and located in a conspicuous place.  A designated party should be responsible for maintaining the kit, which is recommended to include:

  • bandages (various sizes)
  • pocket masks for CPR procedures - for use by personnel trained in CPR only
  • sterile gauze/tape
  • scissors
  • hand gel/antiseptic wipes
  • antiseptic ointments
  • examination gloves
  • face mask/eye shield
  • tweezers
  • disposable instant cold packs - however, do not use ice packs on chemical or thermal burns as its use could mask important diagnostic signs and symptoms of the injury, and if there is swelling of soft tissue, or other need for an ice pack, the person should be examined by a physician

First aid kits are not recommended to contain the following:

  • iodine - it is not a good antiseptic and can damage tissue
  • ammonia inhalants - if an individual is unconscious, obtain help --do not use ammonia
  • tourniquet - use the pressure technique until medical assistance is available

After emergency care has been administered, hands and other skin surfaces should be washed immediately and thoroughly with warm water and soap.  Hands should always be washed after gloves are removed, even if the gloves appear to be intact.

Following any first aid, a nurse or physician qualified to handle occupational injuries and illnesses should provide further examination and treatment to ensure that infection or other unseen injuries are addressed and treated.  For injuries requiring treatment beyond first aid, someone knowledgeable about the incident should accompany the injured person to the medical facility (do not let them go alone) and should take a copy of any appropriate MSDS(s) if hazardous materials are involved.

After an emergency that involves blood is over, clean up of blood may be required.  Do not assume that housekeeping personnel will clean up the spill. If no one in the department has received formal training in the bloodborne pathogen standard, contact :

Oklahoma City campus - General Services at (405)271-2311
OU Physicians Building in OKC - Crothall Facilities Management at 271-2533
OU Campus -
EHSO at 325-5147 or 325-5146
Tulsa Campuses - Campus Security at (918)660-3333


All occupational injuries, illnesses and exposures, including minor injuries requiring first aid or no treatment should be reported to the employee's supervisor because minor injuries can sometimes lead to more serious complications that only become evident at a later time or may indicate a hazardous situation which should be corrected to prevent a serious future injury.

Following any exposure or injury, even one that only requires first aid, a nurse or physician qualified to handle occupational injuries and illnesses should provide further examination and treatment to ensure that infection or other unseen injuries are addressed and treated. For major exposures or injuries, contact OUHSC Police and Public Safety at 271-4911, OU Police at 911 (call 325-2864 if calling from a cellular telephone), or Security at OU-Tulsa at 660-3333, who will coordinate medical transport to the nearest emergency room.

All other locations dial 911 for emergency room transport.

For non-emergency medical treatment, the following locations are recommended:

Oklahoma City Campus

    8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday

    Family Medicine Center Green Clinic
    900 N.E.10th Street
    Oklahoma City, Oklahoma  73104

    (405) 271-3100

    Employees should take an Initial Treatment Acknowledgement form signed by their supervisor to the first clinic visit at Employee Health.

    After Hours

    OU Medical Center Presbyterian Tower Emergency Room
    700 N.E. 13th
    Oklahoma City, Oklahoma  73104
    (405) 271-4064

Tulsa Campuses

    2929 S. Garrett
    Tulsa, Oklahoma
    (918) 665-1520
    Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
    Monday - Saturday, 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Sunday

    MedCenter South
    10221 E. 81st St
    Tulsa, Oklahoma
    Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
    Monday - Saturday, 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Sunday

    MedCenter Midtown
    1623 S. Utica
    Tulsa, Oklahoma
    Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
    Monday - Saturday, 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Sunday

    St. John Medical Center Emergency Room
    1923 South Utica
    Tulsa, Oklahoma
    (918) 744-2191

    Saint Francis Hospital
    6161 S Yale
    Tulsa, OK
    (918) 494-2200

Norman Campus

8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday
Goddard Health Center
620 Elm Ave. Norman, Oklahoma 73019

After Hours

Norman Regional Hospital Emergency Room
901 North Porter
Norman, Oklahoma, 73071



Occupational Health
1805 W. Owen K. Garriott
Enid, OK
(405) 233-9012


AM-PM Clinic
4411 West Gore Blvd.
Lawton, OK
(580) 355-0575

Prompt Care Center
412 SW Summit
Lawton, OK
(580) 357-9685

George Nigh Rehabilitation Institute

After notifying your supervisor, notify the facility risk manager who will refer you to the nearest appropriate medical facility.

All Other Locations

After notifying your supervisor, report to the nearest appropriate medical facility or emergency room and follow-up by telephone with OUHSC Employee Health, (405) 271-3100 [or, for Tulsa employees, OU-Tulsa Employee Health, (918) 619-4565] the next working day.

These facilities have the expertise and training to address such incidents. The University allows employees to select an appropriate health care provider for initial treatment. However, any subsequent medical care must be authorized by the University.

For major injuries or injuries occurring after-hours, employees should proceed to the nearest emergency room.

All occupational injuries, illnesses and exposures, including minor injuries requiring first aid must be reported and documented by the employee's supervisor. The employee and supervisor should complete the forms and follow the procedures found at http://hr.ou.edu/benefits/Workerscompensation.asp.

Unsafe conditions, near misses, and accidents on campus that could have, but did not cause injury should also be reported.  With safety programs in place, despite fine attention to detail, conscientious training, preventive measures and protective equipment, accidents or near misses will occasionally happen. It is very important that on each and every occasion, the circumstances and consequences are reported so that the EHSO and management may properly study these, learn from the events and, if appropriate, take steps to prevent a recurrence. “Near miss” occurrences need to be reported in order that the possibility of a recurrence, possibly with more serious consequences, might be prevented.

If an incident or near miss occurs with no injury, for Oklahoma City and Tulsa employees, complete the form found at http://www.ouhsc.edu/ehso/forms/IncidentOnlyNearMiss.doc.  Instructions on where to send the form are detailed on the bottom of the form.

If you have any questions, contact your campus EHSO.

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This file was updated on: 9/5/08 . Any comments or suggestions should be forward to the Environmental Health and Safety Office.

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