Chemical Safety is responsible for the “cradle to grave” management of chemicals, in accordance with Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) regulatory requirements.
Chemical Safety is also responsible for managing the ground and air shipping of hazardous materials/dangerous goods, in accordance with the Department of Transportation (DOT) and the International Air Transport Association (IATA) regulatory requirements.
Additional services include:
- Responding to spills/releases on a 24-hour basis
- Conducting internal OSHA/EPA/DOT audits
- Maintaining databases to comply with the recordkeeping requirements mandated by the regulations
Chemical Safety also monitors the reporting of “Chemicals of Interest" pursuant to the Department of Homeland Security regulatory requirements and on-site chemical threshold planning quantities, related to the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA).
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- Lab identifies spill, release, fire, or explosion involving hazardous material.
- Lab contacts Public Safety at 402.554.2911.
Be prepared to state:
- your exact location
- your name
- the hazardous material and quantities involved
- a brief description of the incident
- a call back number where you may be reached
3. Public Safety contacts the fire department/HAZMAT unit, as needed.
4. Public Safety dispatches Officer(s) to the perimeter of the scene.
5. Public Safety Officer(s) isolates the scene, restricting and/or rerouting all activities.
6. Public Safety or Emergency Coordinator identifies:
- Exact source and location
- Hazardous material and quantity
- Extent of release (onsite/offsite)
7. Public Safety or Emergency Coordinator is responsible for:
- Arranging for first aid, if needed
- Determining if the Contingency Plan is needed.
- For events not requiring activation of the Contingency Plan—such as a small spill that does not pose a hazard to human health and the environment—coordinate mitigation.
- For events requiring activation of the Contingency Plan—such as a large spill or in waste storage area—take overall scene management responsibilities.