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Campus Safety

Emergency Response Instructions

Follow these Emergency Response Instructions to guide you during emergencies, such as fire, disaster, bomb threats, and medical emergencies.

These instructions are readily available in every department. Keep them in a visible location so they are accessible when needed.

In an emergency, the first concern of Goodwin College staff must be for the safety of the students, visitors, and staff.

Be familiar with the information contained in the instructions.

Emergency Information / Evacuation

In The Event Of An Emergency
  • Remain calm.
  • Ensure your own well-being and the well-being of those around you.
  • Limit phone calls (cellular and land-line) to only those that are absolutely necessary.
  • Be familiar with the most current information available.
  • Remain calm.
  • Close doors behind you, don’t lock them.
  • Follow nearest escape route.
  • Take the stairs, do not use the elevators.

Classroom Emergency / Lockdown

Emergency In A Classroom

Dial “555“ for the operator


Dial 911 for Emergency Response

Each classroom has an emergency evacuation chart to help identify the closest exit in case of emergency. In case of fire, follow the evacuation chart to evacuation area. Await further instructions from the Emergency Response Team.


Goodwin College has security available during class hours on weekdays who can be reached by dialing “555“. State your location, the nature of the problem, if possible, and any information regarding the incident. On weekends or if you are in immediate danger, call “911” from any Goodwin College telephone.


Lockdown is activated in an emergency situation, chemical disaster, or disruption in the community that requires a facility to lock its doors to prevent people from entering or leaving the buildings.

  1. Lockdown will be announced using the overhead paging system by announcing “Lockdown Procedures In Effect.”
  2. All entry doors will be locked by Security and Maintenance.
  3. No One is to leave or enter the building For Any Reason.
  4. Explain the procedure to visitors.
  5. Staff will respond immediately.

Chemical Spill / Body Fluid Exposure

Chemical Spill
  1. Keep students, visitors, and staff away from the spill site.
  2. Contain the spill.
  3. Notify immediate supervisor.
  4. Consult MSDS book for the appropriate clean-up procedure for the chemical that spilled.
  5. Call the following numbers in this order to report the spill:
    Environmental Services (ESI): 800.486.7745 or 860.528.9500
    Facilities Department: 860.817.0073
    Poison Control: 800.222.1222
  6. Do Not Remove Hazardous Materials Without The Direction Of Environmental Services.
  7. Complete an incident report.
Body Fluid Exposure

In the event there is exposure to bodily fluid, either through the skin (for example a needlestick) or onto a mucous membrane (eyes, nose, mouth):

  1. Provide immediate first aid.
  2. Flush with copious amounts of water.
  3. Report the incident to your supervisor ASAP.
  4. Complete incident report located on the web and send it to your supervisor.
  5. Supervisor should review for completeness and send to Human Resources ASAP.
  6. Follow up with recommended treatment and/or evaluation

Security Tips

  1. Lock your office whenever you leave, even if you will only be gone for a minute.
  2. Keep your purse, wallet, and other valuables in a secure location such as a locked desk or filing cabinet. It only takes a few seconds for a theft to take place.
  3. Do Not bring excessive amounts of cash on campus.
  4. Do Not leave cash unattended or in the office, especially overnight or over a weekend. Desks and filing cabinets are not secure enough.
  5. Protect your property by marking valuables with a unique identifier.
  6. If you are entrusted with a key to a specific area, Never lend it to anyone and keep it secured.
  7. If you receive annoying or obscene phone calls, Hang Up. Write down the date and time of the call, what the caller said, and note any background noises you heard. Dial “555“ to call the operator immediately to connect to campus security.
  8. Report any suspicious persons loitering on the campus to security or the front office immediately. Be alert to strangers in your office.
  9. Report loss or theft of keys, equipment, or valuables immediately. All crimes, no matter how minor they seem, should be reported.

Laboratory Safety Guidelines

General safety rules:

  1. No smoking in any areas of the Medical Laboratory.
  2. No eating or drinking in the laboratory.
  3. Cosmetics are not to be applied in the laboratory.
  4. Long hair must be tied back so it does not come in contact with specimen or become entangled in equipment.
  5. No shorts, cropped shirts, open-toed shoes or Crocs due to hazard from chemicals and glassware.
  6. Mouth pipetting is prohibited.
  7. Hand washing protects you from disease—it interrupts the transmission of infection.
    Hands should be washed immediately:
    • After distribution of specimens
    • Upon contamination with any patient specimen or microorganism.
    • After removing gloves.
    • Before leaving the lab.
    • After every patient contact (including phlebotomy).
    • If contact with bodily fluids occurs through breaks in gloves.
  8. Gloves must be worn during all laboratory procedures and blood collection.
    • Gloves should be discarded after every patient or lab procedure.
    • All soiled gloves (i.e. bodily fluids, microorganisms) should be disposed of in the biohazard trash.
  9. If a tube breaks in a centrifuge, Do Not open cover immediately; wait at least 30 minutes, then clean up with a disinfectant (10% bleach).
    • Do Not operate centrifuges unless the covers are closed.
    • Do Not centrifuge uncovered tubes.

Severe Weather


In the event of a hurricane:

  1. Close all windows and drapes.
  2. Move and/or direct students, visitors, and staff to an interior wall or corridor and turn away from windows.
  3. Move all equipment and other materials away from the windows, and secure any equipment that may be in danger if propelled.
  4. Close all doors to classrooms.
  5. Await and follow instructions provided by the Emergency Response Team.

In the event of a tornado:

  1. Open the windows and close the drapes.
  2. Move and/or direct students, visitors, and staff to an interior wall or corridor and turn away from windows.
  3. Secure and move equipment that would be a danger if propelled.
  4. Close doors to classrooms.
  5. Await and follow instructions provided by the Emergency Response Team.

While earthquakes present only a modest danger to Connecticut, there is a potential for substantial damage if we should suffer a significant quake. In the event of an earthquake:

  1. Stay inside, watch for falling debris.
  2. Stay away from windows and mirrors.
  3. Sit or stand against an interior wall away from windows, or stand inside a doorway.
  4. Gas and Oxygen lines should be shut off by Facilities Management staff.
  5. Await and follow instructions provided by the Emergency Response Team.

Bomb Threat / Violence In The Workplace

Bomb Threat Procedures

Do Not Use Two-Way Radios During Bomb Threat.

  1. Person receiving the threat will take down all information in writing and notify the Director of Facilities immediately by calling one of the following:
    Director of Facilities: 860.212.9899
    Director of Maintenance: 860.817.0073
  2. Never go looking for an explosive device yourself.
  3. If you discover a bomb or suspicious item:
    • Do Not touch it.
    • Call the front desk (dial “555“ or “911“) for emergency response.
    • Evacuate and move to a safe area.
Violence In The Workplace

Any staff member, student, or visitor exhibiting threatening behavior, making threats, of committing violent acts shall be removed from the property by security and/or administration.

  1. Dial “555“ and have security sent to your location or dial “911.“
  2. Maintain a safe distance from the violent person.
  3. Speak authoritatively and calmly to the person involved.
  4. Use the person’s name if you know it, and tell the person to stop the behavior immediately.
  5. Do Not engage the person in an aggressive or inflammatory manner, speech, or action.
  6. Direct onlookers away from the area.
  7. Isolate the person as much as possible.
  8. Try to get the person to stay in the same location by speaking calmly and engaging them in conversation.
  9. Do Not try to stop them from leaving.
  10. Do Not give them information about the locations of others.

Weapons are not allowed on Goodwin College properties. A weapon can be any instrument that may cause bodily harm or death. If a weapon is observed, or if a person acts aggressively with an instrument that could cause harm:

  1. Dial “555“ and have security sent to your location or dial “911.” State that there is a Weapons Emergency.
  2. Take steps to reduce the risk of injury, such as:
    • Direct people away from the area.
    • Close doors to classrooms.
  3. Do Not attempt to remove the weapon.