10.1 Employees Working With Hazardous Substances

When medical attention will be offered

All employees who work for the University of Minnesota have the opportunity to receive medical attention whenever they have been injured or incur a potentially hazardous exposure at work.

First report of Injury

Whenever a potential injury occurs a first report of injury should be filed promptly.

Examples of potential injuries include:

Physical Injury

Whenever an employee is physically hurt or injured on the job, the affected employee will be provided an opportunity for a medical consultation and/or examination. Physical injuries include but are not limited to cuts, burns, punctures and sprains. Employees often decline medical attention for minor cuts and sprains, however they should still be encouraged to file a First Report of Injury (FROI) to document the injury in case it causes problems later (e.g. infection) and for incidence tracking.


Whenever exposure monitoring reveals an exposure level routinely above the action level (or in the absence of an action level, the PEL) for an OSHA regulated substance for which there are exposure monitoring and medical surveillance requirements, medical surveillance will be established for the affected employee as prescribed by the particular standard.

Whenever an event takes place in the work area such as a spill, leak, explosion, or other occurrence resulting in the likelihood of a hazardous exposure, the affected employee will be provided an opportunity for a medical consultation.

Signs or symptoms of exposure

Whenever an employee develops signs or symptoms associated with a hazardous substance or organism to which the employee may have been exposed in the laboratory, the employee will also be provided an opportunity to receive an appropriate medical examination.

Contact the Biosafety and Occupational Health Department at (612) 626-5008 when there is uncertainty as to whether any of the above criteria have been met.