The following procedures are provided for quick reference for emergency situations.  Further information can be obtained from LSU Police or EHS.  Emergency phone numbers should be posted on or near the phone at all times.


Accidental injury can occur at any time during the day or night, weekdays or weekends.  As a result, we must be prepared for such an event at all times.  The following procedure is to be used unless circumstances prevent one or more of the steps to be taken.  The wellbeing of the injured always takes precedence over procedure, and may require that additional measures be taken.

  1. Prevent further injury by avoiding personal exposure to injury and keeping others out of the area
  2. Call LSU Police (578-3231) and supervisor
  3. Call the Employee Injury Call Center at 877-764-3574 to speak to a registered nurse.
  4. Follow the instructions of the registered nurse
  5. Assist emergency medical personnel
  6. Secure scene for accident investigation


Natural gas leaks are generally detected by the odor of the gas odorant.  The odorant has an odor threshold of from one to three parts per billion, and provides an excellent means of detection.  LSU odorizes the gas that is used in campus buildings served by the LSU gas lines.  There are some fraternity and sorority houses that are on Entergy gas lines, so it is important to know who the gas supplier is for your facility.  The following procedure should be used at any time a leak is suspected:

  1. Control ignition sources. 
  2. Make sure that no one turns off or on an electrical appliance or light.  Other sources of ignition should be moved out of the area if possible.  Pilot lights should be turned off if possible
  3. Contact Facility Services for gas personnel to assist in locating the leak, and notify EHS
  4. Turn off gas if location of shutoff valve is known
  5. Evacuate area and keep people out if leak may be significant
  6. Evaluation and guidance is provided by Facility Services and EHS

Additional reportable hazards include but are not limited to gas facility failures such as:

  1. Under-pressure in the system.
  2. Over-pressure in the system.
  3. Fire or explosion near or directly involving a pipeline facility.
  4. Damage to a major segment(s) of the system.

Additional information on gas leaks can be obtained from Facility Services (Energy Services.)


Each building has an emergency evacuation plan that must be posted for employees and others to follow during evacuation of the building in case of emergency.  This plan must be kept legible and up to date.  New employees and others who are new to the building should be made aware of the emergency plans for the building as part of their orientation.  Emergency signals and alarms as well as the proper response to an emergency must be explained to the persons involved.  Whenever the system is changed or the plan modified, the occupants must be made aware of the changes that may affect them.

Fire protection equipment and systems must not be modified or disabled such that the plan is no longer valid.  Covering smoke detectors, disabling alarms, or discharging fire extinguishers without good reason is strictly prohibited.  Fire extinguishers must not be obstructed or moved such that they are not readily available in an emergency.  Inspections and maintenance is conducted by Facility Services, and they should be notified if an extinguisher is discharged or missing.


Call LSU Police and EHS if person in charge cannot contain spill safely   Note:  If the spill or release is an immediate danger to buildings and/or occupants, the Baton Rouge Hazmat Unit will be called at the time of the spill to assure prompt and adequate response. Refer to the appendix for the appropriate response level.  

  1. Warn others on floors that may be affected, and evacuate floors if necessary.
  2. Begin preparation for evacuation of building if explosion or poisonous vapor or fumes are possible
  3. Follow guidance of EHS and LSU Police
  4. Do not enter an area that may be dangerous

For chemical or biological spills or hazardous waste disposal problems, the Office of Environmental, Health, and Safety has a Chemical/Biological Emergency Response Unit.  This unit is available on an immediate basis during normal hours, but may be delayed after hours as a callout is required to mobilize the unit.