Safety and Environment
Jadwin Hall and McDonnell Hall
Emergency Action Plans
Potential emergencies in Jadwin or McDonnell Halls may require the occupants to
evacuate the building.
The following information and procedures
have been designed to help ensure your personal safety, should an
evacuation become necessary.|
University Fire Emergency Policy and
In case of a fire emergency*,
Public Safety must be notified immediately at 911. Public Safety has primary responsibility for managing fire emergencies and summoning outside assistance when necessary. Unauthorized re-entry into a building during a fire emergency is not permitted. Violators of this policy are subject to University and state fire code sanctions.
Each University Department must designate an Emergency Coordinator responsible for developing and maintaining a departmental Emergency Action Plan (EAP) and training employees on all elements of the plan as well as any special duties assigned specific individuals. During a fire emergency, only individuals designated in the EAP may remain in the building to fulfill their responsibilities. All other occupants must immediately evacuate the building in accordance with the departmental emergency action plan.
Building occupants are not required to fight fires. Individuals who have been trained in the proper use of a fire extinguisher and are confident in their ability to cope with the hazards of a fire may use a portable fire extinguisher to fight small, incipient stage fires (no larger than a waste paper basket). Fire fighting efforts must be terminated when it becomes obvious that there is risk of harm from smoke, heat or flames.
If you discover a
- Alert people in the area of the need to evacuate
- Activate the nearest fire alarm
- Call Public Safety at 911
If a building fire alarm
is sounding or you receive notification of a fire
- Feel the door or doorknob to the hallway with the back
your hand. If it feels hot, do not open it - the fire may be
the other side of the door. If you are trapped, put a cloth
towel under the door to help prevent the entry of smoke. Dial
911 and tell the Public Safety dispatcher your location and
telephone extension and that you are trapped in the room and
rescue. Stay on the phone until instructed otherwise.
- If the door is not hot, open it slowly. If the
is clear of smoke, walk to the nearest fire exit and evacuate
the nearest stairwell to the street/grade level exit.
- Close doors behind you.
- Do not attempt to use elevators. Elevators are tied
the fire detection system and are not available to occupants
the alarm sounds.
- Assemble at the area designated in your departmental
Emergency Action Plan (see back) and remain there until
instructed by Public Safety or the fire department that it is
safe to re-enter the building.
A fire emergency is defined as (1) an uncontrolled fire or
imminent fire hazard, (2) the presence of smoke or the odor of
burning, (3) the uncontrolled release of a flammable or
combustible substance, or (4) a fire alarm sounding.
Fire Safety Information Specific
to Jadwin or McDonnell Halls:
The Physics Department Emergency Coordinator is Geoff Gettelfinger,
Department Manager. If you have questions about this plan,
contact Geoff (8-4404 or
or Kelly States
of Environmental Health and Safety (8-2648 or
If you have questions or concerns about
fire safety, contact University Fire Marshall Bob Gregory (8-6805
Fire protection Systems
Jadwin and McDonnell Halls are equipped with an audible alarm and manual fire
alarm pull stations. The fire alarm system is a combination
horn/strobe system that provides emergency notification by means
of an audible alarm and flashing lights.
Evacuate immediately unless you have specific emergency
responsibilities designated in the Additional Duties section of
this plan. After you have left the building, you MUST go
to the designated assembly point as shown below:
Circle between Jadwin and the Stadium|
Lawn near Washington Road (at the Jadwin-Fine-McDonnell sign)|
At the assembly point, supervisors will account for personnel and notify the Emergency Coordinator or Public Safety if any personnel are missing.|
During an emergency, students and visitors who may not be
familiar with this plan must be informed of the requirement to
evacuate. Special attention should also be given to any persons
with disabilities, especially those who are visitors or
unfamiliar with the building.|
Assistance in an Evacuation
If you think you might need specialized assistance in recognizing an alarm (e.g. a visual alarm device) or help during an evacuation (e.g. specialized evacuation equipment or alternative egress route planning) due to a medical condition or disability, you may contact your emergency coordinator to arrange for an evaluation. Self-identification is voluntary. All such requests and any special arrangements made will only be disclosed to Public Safety and individuals who have a responsibility to assist under the plan. Remember that elevators are tied to the fire detection system and are not available to occupants once a fire alarm sounds.
Additional information on emergency action planning can be found
in the Princeton University Health & Safety Guide, on the
Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) web page
(www.princeton.edu/~ehs), or by contacting Kelly States, Safety Engineer (8-2648), or the University Fire Marshall
All new employees or other regular building occupants must
receive initial EAP training. All building occupants must be
familiar with the contents of this plan. The Emergency
Coordinator is responsible for full dissemination of any changes
to the plan following the annual review.
Fire extinguisher training is available upon request through the
University Fire Marshall (8-6805)
Spill Response Plan:
Pre-planning is essential to handling a spill. Laboratory workers
should consider the following items to prepare themselves and
their laboratories for spill control and cleanup.
- Review Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDSs) or orther
references for recommended spill cleanup methods and materials,
and the need for personal protective equipment (i.e., respirator,
gloves, protective clothing, etc.).
- Acquire sufficient quantities and types of spill control
materials to contain any spills that can be reasonably
anticipated. The need for equipment to disperse, collect and
contain spill control materials (i.e., brushes, scoops, sealable
waste containers, etc.) should also be reviewed.
***Spill control kits are available in Jadwin Physics in room
124 and at the loading dock.
- Acquire recommended personal protective equipment and know
how to use it properly.
- Place spill control materials in a readily accessible
location within or immediately adjacent to the laboratory.
Spill Response Procedures: In the event of a spill, the general procedure listed below should be followed:
- Immediately alert others in the area and the supervisor, and
evacuate the area, if necessary.
- Contact Public Safety at 911 if there is a fire or medical
attention is needed.
- Attend to any persons who may have bene contaminated.
Contaminated clothing must be removed immediately and the skin
flushed with water for no less than fifteen minutes. Clothing
must be laundered before reuse.
- If a volatile, flammable material is spilled, immediately
warn others in the area, control sources of ignition and
ventilate the area.
- Don personal protective equipment, as appropriate to the
hazards. Refer to the MSDS or other references for information.
- Using the chart below, determine the extent and type of spill. If the spill is large, if there has been a release to the environment, or if assistance is needed, contact Public Safety at 911 or EHS at 258-5294. In the event of a release to the environment, immediately contact Public Safety at 911 and notify Bob Ortego, Environmental Compliance Manager, at 258-1841.
up to 300 cc
chemical treatment or absorption
neutralization or absorption spill kit
||300 cc - 5 liters
||absorption spill kit
||more than 5 liters
||call Public Safety
- Consider the need for respiratory protection. The use of a respirator or self-contained breathing apparatus requires specialized training and medical surveillance. Never enter a contaminated atmosphere without protection or use a respirator without training. If respiratory protection is needed and no trained personnel are available, call Public Safety at 911 and then call EHS at 258-5294. If respiratory protection is available, be sure there is another person outside the spill area in communication or in sight, in case of emergency.
- Protect floor drains or other means for environmental
release. Spill socks and absorbents may be placed around drains,
- Clean up the spill according to the previous table.
- Loose spill control materials should be distributed
over the entire spill area, working from the outside, circling to
the center. This reduces the chance of splash or spreading of the
- Bulk absorbents and many spill pillows do NOT work
on hydrofluoric acid. PLLYZORB products and their equivalent will
handle hydrofluoric acid.
- Many neutralizers for acids and bases have a color
change indicator to show when neutralization is complete.
- Several materials for cleaning up mercury spills are
available in chemical catalogs, safety supply catalogs and at
some of the science and engineering stockrooms. Broken
thermometers, gauges or other mercury-containing materials, may
be placed in a plastic bag or glass or metal container, and
- When the spilled materials have been absorbed, use a brush
and scoop (spark-resistant if flammable materials are involved)
to place materials in an appropriate container. Polyethylene bags
may be used for small spills. Five gallon pails or 20 gallon
drums with polyethylene liners may be appropriate for larger
- Complete a hazardous waster sticker, identifying the material
as Spill Debris involving XYZ Chemical, and affix the
sticker to the container or bag. Remember the use of an absorbent
does not alter the chemical properties of the chemical. Contact
EHS at 258-5294 for advice on storage and packaging for disposal.
- Place the container in a hood or other properly ventilated
area until the next chemical waste pick-up.
- Decontaminte surfaces involved in the spill using a mild
detergent and water, as appropriate.
Report all spills to your
supervisor or the principal investigator.