|Policy Title||Hazardous Chemical Waste Contingency Plan and Campus Integrated Contingency Plan (ICP)|
|Responsible Office||Environmental Health and Safety|
|Policy Type||Environmental Health|
|Last Revision Date||8/2/2021|
The generation of hazardous chemical waste at Binghamton University is regulated by the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation Law Article 27, Title 9 and 6NYCRR Parts 370 through 374. These laws set forth:
- requirements regarding storage and accumulation of hazardous waste;
- requirements regarding marking and labeling of waste containers;
- requirements regarding manifesting of off-site shipments of hazardous waste;
- requirements for contingency plans and training of personnel; and
- record keeping and reporting requirements.
The University's Hazardous Chemical Waste Contingency Plan was incorporated into the campus Integrated Contingency Plan (ICP) in 2002. It is designed to minimize hazards to human health and the environment from fires, explosions, or any unplanned release of hazardous waste or hazardous waste constituents to air, soils, surface waters, or groundwater.
The provisions of the plan will be carried out immediately whenever there is a fire, explosion, or release of hazardous waste or hazardous waste constituents (or the potential thereof) which could threaten human health or the environment.
Copies of the Plan
Copies of the Contingency Plan will be maintained in the Environmental Health and Safety office, Facilities Management, Vestal Police Department, Vestal Fire Department, Lourdes Hospital, Wilson Hospital, Broome County Emergency Services, and with the Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC).
Summary of the Contingency Plan
The Contingency Plan lists the names and telephone numbers for the Primary Emergency Coordinator, Secondary Emergency Coordinator and various emergency contacts such as local police, fire departments, spill contractors and Haz Mat response groups.
The plan describes the various campus communication systems (eg., radio systems, 911 telephone system), building alarm systems, fire protection systems, spill control equipment, arrangements with local authorities, and a list of emergency equipment carried in the safety department's emergency response vehicles.
Whenever there is an imminent or actual emergency situation, the Primary Coordinator (or their designee) will ensure:
- Emergency alarms are activated.
- Emergency response personnel have been notified.
- The character/source/amount/extent of the emergency has been determined.
- An assessment of possible hazards to human health or the environment is completed.
- The evacuation of people that may be affected by the emergency has been made.
- That appropriate government agencies have been notified.
- Notification has been given to the National Response Center when deemed appropriate.
All measures reasonably necessary to prevent harm to human health or the environment will be used to the extent possible.
As required by New York State law, all campus personnel that generate hazardous chemical waste must receive annual training in the content and use of the University's Hazardous Chemical Waste Contingency Plan/Integrated Contingency Plan.