Suspicious Package Response Guidance for SLAC Employees
For a situation where the individual suspects that he/she has been contaminated, or the object is emitting or leaking some foreign substance:
1. A person opening a suspicious package and becoming contaminated should:
avoid inhaling or touching his/her face
immediately put the package down in his/her work area
cover it with a container (e.g., trashcan) or use a piece of paper, newspaper, envelope, or file folder to cover the suspicious item if nothing else is available
2. This person should then exit his/her office, closing the door on the way out, and
ask a co-worker to:
call 9-911 to advise of a suspicious package with possible contamination
place an "Off Limits" sign on person's door
notify the person's supervisor (if readily available)
call SLAC Security (x2551)
place an "Off Limits" sign on the restroom to which the potentially-contaminated person is traveling to wash up
The co-worker should then pull the fire alarm while exiting, so that the building
will be evacuated.
4. The potentially-contaminated person should then go to the restroom or janitor's closet area to wash his/her hands with soap and water before exiting the building. He/she should stand apart from others and communicate in some way to the building manager so that the PAFD hazmat team will know who needs de-contaminating.
If instead the letter or envelope or package looks suspicious or "funny," but there is no sign of a foreign substance, the individual should:
- leave the area along with any others and close the door if
- notify his/her supervisor. If the supervisor cannot be
located then call SLAC Security (x2551)
- wait outside his/her work area for supervisor or Security.
Keep others from entering the area.