Hazardous Material Emergency Response Plan

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Emergency Preparedness at Amherst College

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Policy Group/Senior Staff, Emergency Directors and Emergency Managers


Critiques and Debriefing

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Amherst College, under the direction of the Emergency Director or his/her designee will conduct critiques and debriefings soon after an incident, when deemed necessary. The critiques will aid in the identification of problems that were or will be encountered during the hazardous material incident.

Our goal is to prevent the re-occurrence of problematic situations and to improve our overall response to any and all incidents.

Emergency Response Agencies

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Amherst College has previously identified Emergency Response Agencies that are able to assist in the mitigation of a hazardous material incident involving but not limited to asbestos, chemicals, gas leaks and odors, oil spills and other incidents that may adversely affect the college community, the general public and/or the environment.

The agencies that are to be called upon include:

Emergency Response Detection Equipment

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Amherst College Facilitiest can initially respond to leaks, odors and spills involving chemicals, gasoline, natural gas, propane and other similar concerns with detection equipment currently available on site. The office of Environmental Health and Safety has and maintains the following combustible gas detectors that are capable of detecting gases with a flammable range as well as oxygen, carbon monoxide and hydrogen sulfide:

Ultimate Responsibility

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Under the direction of the Amherst College President, Dean of Faculty and the Chief of Campus Operations, the Director of Environmental Health and Safety shall assume the responsibility of Emergency Director for all campus emergencies including hazardous material incidents.

Hazardous Materials Definitions and Terms

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Acute Health Hazard

a illness or injury that is associated with a single or multiple short term exposure to a chemical, element or compound.

Tornado Plan

Emergency - Call Amherst College Police 

(413) 542-2111 

(Ambulance, Fire, Haz-Mat, Police)

 March 2012