Safety and Emergency Information
D.C. Police: 911 or (301) 654-7300
MD Emergency Rescue: 911 or (301) 652-1000
U.S. Park Police: 911 or (202) 619-7500
Bethesda Fire: 911 or 301-654-0655
Chevy Chase Fire:911 or 301-652-0707
Bethesda Rescue: 911 or 301-652-0077
Nearest Fire Station: 4930 Connecticut Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20008 | (202) 673-3231
Nearest Hospital: Sibley Hospital | 5255 Loughboro Road, N.W. | Washington, D.C. 20016 | (202) 537-4000
5241 Broad Branch Road, Washington, D.C. 20008
If you have any safety concerns or questions, reach out to a member of the campus safety committee.
- Steve Shirey (Chair)
- Mike Walter
- Tim Strobel
- Andrew Steele
- Anne Pommier
- Amol Karandikar
- Jing Yang
- Joseph Lai
- Michelle Jordan
- Tim Mock
In the case of an emergency, you can reach the following people via personal phone number.
Gary Bors: (202) 510-8577
Quintin Miller: (202) 510-8575
Maceo Bacote: (202) 510-8578
In the event of a major weather or emergency event, the Broad Branch Road campus of the Carnegie Institution for Science will follow the lead of the D.C. Area Federal Government.
In addition, the Facility Management team maintains a phone line (202-478-8486) which will be updated before 6:30 a.m. on days when such events occur. This phone line will be accessible to all employees so that they may hear condition reports and confirm whether or not they are expected to report to work.
Call 202-478-8486 for up-to-date emergency status.
View the Federal Office of Personnel Management Operating Status website (OPM)
Fire Extinguishers: Every lab should have a fire extinguisher nearby. Know where it is! Know where the nearest fire extinguisher is to your office.
- Library: outside elevators; attic in/outside archives; near old fire escape exist
- Ground: outside elevators; A-G28A; A-G04
- 1st Floor: A-104; A-122
- 2nd Floor: Hallways off the elevator; near A-204; A-219
- Ground- Near R-G03, R-G18, R- G23, R-G26, R-G38, R-G51
- 1st Floor - Hallways near R-117, R-119, R-140, R-162, R-176
- 2nd Floor - Hallways near R- 202, R-203, R-206, R-208, R-209, R-217, R-221,R-222, R-226, R-227, R-228, R-232, R-235, R-236A, R-236B, R-237, R-238, R-244, R-268
- Penthouse - Near doors and stairwells
- Auditorium: Outside A/V room in lobby; A/V stairwell to auditorium
- Kitchen: Beside back door
- Ground floor: Carpenter shop; McWhorter Room
- Ground: C-G02, Mechanical Boiler Room G03-G04; Main Electrical Room and Hallway G06; hallway near G22, lower level Cyclotron Vault G13; Mass Spectrometry Lab G22; C-G21 at foot of stairs in the stairwell, Ion Probe Lab G13, Upper-Level Cyclotron Vault; Elevator Machine Room
- 1st Floor - Hallway near restrooms, chemistry lab airlock
- 2nd Floor - Hallway near room C-211, chemistry lab airlock, penthouse- hist inside the door to the right
Fire Alarms and Procedures: Fire alarms will be inspected and tested in accordance with state and local codes, but no less than once per year. Similarly, fire drills will be conducted in accordance with state and local requirements, but no less than once per year. At this time, all fire exits will be tested and hallways inspected for obstructions.Fire Extinguisher, First Aid, and AED Map
If you hear the fire alarm or see flashing light:
Immediately stop what you are doing.
Calmly leave the building through the nearest exit.
Remind/alert anyone you see to exit the building.
Rendezvous in the center of campus (indicated by the red arrow in the picture below). You will be notified of an alternative meeting location, if necessary.
Check around for others that you know are on campus and notify senior staff and/or fire personnel if you notice anyone missing.
Even if the alarm turns off, do not enter the building until either the fire department or BBR staff gives an all clear. The "all clear" to reenter the building will be given ONLY after BBR has determined there is no fire or danger.
This "all clear" will be given by one of the Building Engineers (Gary Bors, Quintin Miller, Bill Key, Maceo Bacote). If the fire department is on the scene, they will advise us when and if we can re‐enter the building.
There are five AEDs located on campus:
- Research: Just inside the main door on the left wall (1); 2nd floor, north central wall in the hallway (1)
- Greenewalt Building: near the restrooms (1)
- Cyclotron Building: ground floor near parking entrance (1)
- Abelson Building: main floor opposite the elevator (1)
How to use an AED from Mayo Clinic:
If someone has fainted and might need an AED:
- Check to see if the person is breathing and has a pulse.
- If you cannot feel a pulse and the person is not breathing, call for emergency help. If there are other people present, one person can call 911 while the other prepares the AED. If you're alone, call 911 or emergency services first to make sure help is on the way.
- Turn on the AED. The automated external defibrillator gives you step-by-step voice instructions. It will tell you how to check for breathing and a pulse and how to position electrode pads on the person's bare chest.
- Deliver the shock. When the pads are in place, the AED automatically measures the person's heart rhythm and determines if a shock is needed. If it is, the machine tells the user to stand back and push a button to deliver the shock. The AED is programmed not to deliver a shock if a shock isn't needed.
- Start CPR. Begin CPR after the shock is delivered if CPR is still needed. The AED will also guide users through CPR. The process can be repeated as needed until emergency crews take over.
How and when to use AED | Mayo Clinic
How to do CPR | Mayo ClinicAED Map
First aid kits are found in the following locations:
Cyclotron Building: One outside the ion probe lab, one on the second floor outside the chemistry lab, and a smaller first aid kit in the main mass spec lab.
Abelson Building: One in the coffee room
Research Building: One in the middle hallway on the 1st and 2nd floors; one outside of R-124 and R-224; two in our machine shop on the ground floor
- You are the person most responsible for your personal safety.
- If you observe others around you operating in an unsafe manner, you are required to inform them of the problem. If they continue, bring the issue up with your supervisor or members of the Safety Committee.
- All laboratories and facilities on the Broad Branch Rd. campus are controlled areas. Access to and permission to operate in any laboratory must be granted by the Person in charge of the laboratory or facility.
- Specific safety training is required before working in any laboratory or facility.
- Before working with any chemicals, study the MSDS sheets to gain awareness of toxicity, reactivity, and other potentially dangerous properties of a given chemical.
- If you have any concerns regarding the safety of specific laboratory procedures, stop immediately and consult with the laboratory supervisor. If safety concerns persist, contact the Campus Safety Committee.
- All chemical waste must be stored in properly labeled containers until chemical waste pick-up is arranged.
- All containers in laboratories must be labeled clearly, for example, a flask containing water must be labeled “Water” or “H2O”.
- Never pour any chemicals into sink-drains.
- Proper attire, including proper personal protective equipment, is required in all laboratories.
- Food and drink are not permitted in laboratories.
- Report all accidents and near-accidents to the EPL Safety committee.
- Check specific laboratory procedures regarding working alone in the laboratory after normal business hours.
- Understand emergency procedures and know where to find emergency contact information for each controlled space.
A. Ordering Process
- Submit PO to the business office and copy Javier Rojas (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Javier will place the order when the PO is approved
- Cylinders will be placed in the appropriate storage rack
- Each cylinder should be labeled with the PI name and PO number and delivery slip given to the business office
- Flammable tanks are stored outside and non-flammable inside.
- Javier will notify PI of the gas delivery with the PO number and serial number and label the tank with their name.
- PI will pick up the tank in a timely manner
- PI brings an empty tank to the empty cylinder storage area, labels empty, and notifies Front Office right away with gas type and PO number.
- Javier coordinates pickup of empty cylinders.
- Accountability: new orders will not be placed for those who do not follow B1, i.e., accumulating tanks in the empty storage area.
EPL recycles all used electronic equipment with an independent woman-owned business certified by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and the U.S. Green Building Council. For more information, please contact Daniela Power.
To work in a lab on campus, you must complete and submit the following forms to the designated lab manager. We keep all of our safety forms on the internal website.Internal website