It is the policy of the University of New Hampshire (UNH) to maintain a safe environment for its students, academic appointees, staff, and visitors in an atmosphere that encourages those individuals to communicate on occupational and environmental health and safety matters without fear of reprisal. Based on recognized principles and published standards of environmental protection, academic excellence, fiscal responsibility, and public service, UNH will promote comprehensive life safety and injury prevention and effective Hazardous Material Communication, Emergency Preparedness, and Environmental Management Programs. UNH operations shall be conducted in conformance with applicable laws, regulations, and relevant published standards and practices for health, safety, and environmental protection.
The purpose of this Emergency Procedures Program (EPP) is to provide information that will save lives during emergencies or disasters, and hasten the resumption of normal UNH operations after these events. Prior planning and preparedness is critical due to the nature of situations that occur at any time with little or no warning. This document outlines procedures to be followed by the campus community for responding to, and recovering from, a variety of emergency and disaster situations. These events may include fires, hazardous spills, earthquakes, bomb threats, or major accidents. Any of these situations may have diverse impacts. For example, they may or may not require an evacuation of building occupants and a disruption of activities. Please share this important safety information with your colleagues and staff and all new employees. Keep the Emergency Procedures Program manual in an accessible location. An effective emergency response depends on informed campus communities, whose members are familiar with campus procedures and understand their personal responsibility for emergency preparedness and response.
UNH Integrated Contingency Plan
The Integrated Contingency Plan (ICP) has been prepared for the University of New Hampshire (the facility) pursuant to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) Oil Pollution Prevention Regulations (40 CFR Part 112) promulgated July 1, 2008 as amended through April 1, 2009) and Hazardous Waste Regulations (40 CFR 260-265), the New Hampshire Hazardous Waste Rules (Env-Hw 100-1100) effective January 28, 2009, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Emergency Response requirements for facilities engaging in hazardous waste operations (29 CFR 1910.120). The ICP establishes preparedness, prevention, planning, spill response, and spill notification procedures as set forth in these State and federal regulations.
UNH proactively manages and updates each of the programs outlined in the appendices of the ICP. The certification of the ICP by the Nobis New Hampshire licensed Professional Engineer pertains only to the SPCC provisions. For questions about the ICP, contact the Office of Environmental Health & Safety.
UNH Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) Program
The Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) of 1986 establishes requirements for Federal, State and local governments and industry regarding emergency planning and "Community Right-to-Know" reporting on hazardous and toxic chemicals. This law builds on numerous Federal, State and local programs aimed at helping communities to better meet their responsibilities in regard to potential chemical emergencies. The Right-to-Know provisions help to increase the public's knowledge and access to information on the presence of hazardous chemicals in their communities and releases of these chemicals into the environment. Through this mechanism States and communities, working with facilities, will be better able to improve chemical safety and protect public health and the environment.
Among the key provisions of EPCRA, Sections 311 and 312 require annual submission of chemical inventory data (known as Tier II reports) by facilities to state and local planning officials for incorporation into ongoing emergency planning. Tier II data is available to the public through local emergency planning committees (LEPCs).
Although EPCRA is a federal requirement, its output--development of comprehensive emergency plans and availability of chemical inventory and release data--is largely implemented at the state and local level, notably those provisions dealing with emergency planning. UNH submits its Tier II report annually to the State of New Hampshire’s Department of Safety and the Town of Durham.