You are here

Health & Safety: Medical Incidents and Emergencies

Take Control

Assess the scene and determine the level of aid required.
Enlist the help of identified trained Department First Aiders.

Minor Injuries

Render first aid assistance if permission is granted.

Employee

If the injury requires further medical attention, the employee may either contact Occupational Health Services in the yellow portable buildings on Christie Lane during regular working hours, extension 52133, or may follow up with the physician of his/her choice. If a hazardous material is involved, send a copy of the Material Safety Data Sheet with the casualty. Prior to receiving medical aid off-campus, notify Occupational Health Services, extension 52133, during regular working hours.

After hours, phone extension 52000 for transportation and assistance.

There is no charge to the employee for transportation to medical aid for a work-related injury if warranted.

Student

If the injury requires further medical attention, the student may go for assessment during regular working hours to Student Health Services. After hours, the student may call Student Health Services, extension 52131, to contact the on-call physician. If the student wishes to seek medical aid off-campus, the student is responsible for his/her own transportation. If the student lives in Residence on campus, transportation assistance may be available; the student can contact his/her Residence Manager for information. If a hazardous material is involved, send a copy of the Material Safety Data Sheet with the casualty. If a student needs to leave the class, send an escort with the student if the injury warrants or if the student requests one.

After hours, SafeWalk can accompany the student during the SafeWalk hours of operation. Phone extension 53200 to contact SafeWalk.

There are several "after-hours" clinics in Guelph (Yarmouth Street 519 837-2550, and Surrey Street 519 763-6201). These walk-in clinics are preferable to the Guelph General Hospital Emergency Room for minor injuries that occur outside regular working hours. The clinics are open until 10:00 p.m. weeknights and have limited hours on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays; call for exact hours of operation. St. Joseph's Hospital does not maintain an emergency room.

Reporting: Please report all incidents, including 'near misses'.

Complete an "Injury/Incident Report Form" for all incidents no matter how minor and fax within 24 hours to Environmental Health and Safety, 519 824-0364. Forward the top copy to the chair/department head, the brown copy to Environmental Health and Safety, the blue copy to your local joint health and safety committee within 24 hours.

Serious ("Critical") Injuries

A critical injury is defined under the Occupational Health and Safety Act and Regulations as an injury of a serious nature that,

  • Places life in jeopardy;
  • Produces unconsciousness;
  • Results in substantial loss of blood;
  • Involves the fracture of a leg or arm but not a finger or toe;
  • Involves the amputation of a leg, arm, hand or foot but not a finger or toe;
  • Consists of burns to a major portion of the body; or
  • Causes the loss of sight in an eye.

Call

Extension 52000 for assistance 24-hours per day. The dispatcher will arrange for a taxi or an ambulance as appropriate. The dispatcher will have campus police meet the ambulance or taxi to guide it to the scene of the accident. Do not call 911 directly. Ambulance and taxi drivers are not familiar with campus and valuable time can be lost while they try to find you.

Render First Aid

Render first aid if permission is granted. Keep the casualty comfortable. Make sure their personal belongings are secure.

MSDS

If a hazardous material is involved, send a copy of the Material Safety Data Sheet with the casualty.

Security

Maintain security at the scene of the accident. Do not allow anyone to interfere with, disturb, destroy, alter, or carry away any wreckage, article or thing at the scene or connected with the occurrence until permission to do so has been given by a Ministry of Labour inspector except for the purposes of saving life or relieving human suffering, maintaining an essential public utility service or public transportation system, or preventing unnecessary damage to equipment or other property.

Reporting

Report the incident by telephone to Environmental Health and Safety, extension 53132, during regular working hours as soon as the casualty has been stabilized. If outside regular working hours, campus police will contact the appropriate agencies. Complete an "Injury/Incident Report Form" and fax immediately to Environmental Health and Safety, 519 824-0364. Send the top copy to the chair/head, the brown copy to Environmental Health and Safety, and the blue copy to your local joint health and safety committee.