Hazardous Materials/Radiological Incident

Incident occurred on campus:

  • Assess the situation.
  • Call 4-911.
  • University notifies Environmental Health & Safety Director, Fire Department, Law Enforcement and Officer of Emergency Preparedness (OEP).
  • When reporting, be specific about the nature of the material involved and the exact location of the spill.
  • University Police will contact the necessary specialized authorities and medical personnel.
  • University Police seals off area of leak/spill.
  • Follow procedures for evacuation or sheltering.
  • University Police will activate mass communication alert systems available to warn of possible dangers.
  • University Police is in charge of area until the Director of Environmental Health and Safety or fire personnel contains scene.
  • Notify Director of University Relations if students were evacuated.
  • Resume normal operations after consulting with fire officials. Announce all clear code.
  • Director of Environmental Health/ Safety will complete the Chemical Spill/Hazardous Materials Form.

Incident occurred off campus

  • Fire/Law Enforcement/OEP will notify University Police.
  • University Police will activate mass communication alert systems available to warn of possible dangers.  The Director of Environmental Health and Safety will assemble the Emergency Preparedness Team.
  • Fire officer in charge of scene will recommend shelter or evacuation actions.
  • Follow procedure for sheltering /evacuation.
  • Notify Director of University Relations if students are evacuated.
  • University Police will announce All Clear using mass communication systems, after consulting with Fire/OEP/Law Enforcement officials.
  • Director of Environmental Health/ Safety will complete the Chemical Spill/Hazardous Materials Form.

The University may be notified of incidents within a 10-mile radius by local Emergency Management Officials, via tone alert receivers/telephone, to shelter in place or to evacuate to a designated reception center.

Sheltering Notification:

  • Take all persons inside building(s).
  • Close all exterior doors and windows.
  • Turn off any ventilation leading outdoors.
  • Cover up food not in containers or put in the refrigerator.
  • If advised, cover mouth and nose with handkerchief, cloth, paper towels or tissues.

Sheltering provides refuge for students, faculty, staff and public on campus during an emergency.

Shelters are located in areas that maximize the safety of inhabitants. Safe areas may change depending on emergency.

  • Identify evacuation sites.
  • Instructors assemble class team to cover windows and air leaks around doors, and vents.
  • Close all exterior doors and windows.
  • Director of University Police will issue lockdown procedures by sounding emergency alarms, text messages and/or emails.
  • Instructors take class roster to the safe area.
  • If advised, cover mouth and nose with handkerchief, cloth, paper towels or tissues.
  • Instructors should account for all students after arriving in the evacuation site.
  • All persons must remain in safe areas until notified by emergency responders; University Police issues an “All Clear” code.

Evacuation Notification:  Immediate Threats

  • University Police will notify faculty, students and staff.
  • Turn off lights, electrical equipment, and water faucets.
  • Maintenance will turn off gas, air conditioning and heating system.

Faculty responsibilities during evacuation:

  • Keep classes intact.
  • Take (call) roll.
  • Explain procedures to students.  Instruct students to take belongings to the relocation center.