Injuries & Illnesses
Life Threatening Injury or Illness
- Call 911
Severe life threatening injuries include such injuries as severe lacerations, severe burns, fractures, loss of consciousness and uncontrolled bleeding.
Severe Chemical Exposure
- Inhalation - Take victim to fresh air
- Skin or Eye Contact - Immediately begin flushing exposed areas with water for 15 minutes
- Call 911
- Go to University Hospital via EMS
Severe chemical exposures to the skin must be taken via EMS to University Hospital, where a decontamination facility is available. If possible, obtain athe Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) for the chemical and send it to the hospital with the victim.
Non-Life Threatening Injury or Illness
- Go to the nearest Campus Health Services Office, at HSC or Belknap for treatment during normal business hours.
- Supervisor: Call ahead to the Health Services Office 852-6446 to notify staff and complete Injury/Illness forms available from Risk Management
- For Treatment after hours:
- Call 852-6446 for the Campus Health Services physician on call if you need assistance
- For injuries that can wait, go to the Campus Health Services Office on the morning of the next business day.
- For injuries that cannot wait, you may go to your physician or a provider of your choice.
- It is important to report a work-related injury or illness immediately, no matter how insignificant the incident may seem, as often those that get overlooked turn into larger medical problems.
Needlesticks/Bloodborne Pathogens Exposures
- Wash the exposed skin with soap and water, flush mucous membranes with water
- Call 852-6446 (answered 24/7) as soon as possible and a physician will provide you with instructions
- Go to the nearest Campus Health Services Office as soon as possible during normal business hours.
Reporting Injury and Illness
- Any work related fatality, amputation or incident requiring hospitalization must be reported IMMEDIATELY to DPS at 852-6111. UofL is required to notify Kentucky OSHA.
- It is the employee's responsibility to notify their supervisor as soon as possible of any work related injury or illness.
- It is then the supervisor's responsibility to immediately complete, sign and forward the Injury/Illness forms to Risk Management.