Health and Safety

Hazardous Waste Accumulation Area Contingency Plan

Located in
BRUNER HALL
2401 11th Ave.
Kearney, Nebraska

EPA ID #NED070129028
Latest revision: 2009

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1.0 EMERGENCY COORDINATORS / CONTACTS

This section lists emergency coordinators, other University of Nebraska at Kearney (UNK) contacts and emergency response personnel, including names, addresses and telephone numbers as applicable, for UNK and other agencies.

The prefix “9” must be dialed when using campus telephones to reach an off-campus telephone number, except that “911” can be dialed directly. The prefix for campus telephone numbers is “865” when dialing from off-campus. The local area code is “308.”

1.1 Emergency Coordinators

Primary Emergency Coordinator:  Lee Ann Purdy

UNK Address:                       
Office of Facilities Management and Planning 
General Services Building room 113

Telephone Numbers:               
440-0487 (cell)

Alternate Emergency Coordinator:   Robin Harding 

UNK Address:                        
Office of Facilities Management and Planning
General Services Building room 113

Telephone Numbers:                
627-5355 (cell)

1.2 Other UNK Contacts

Campus Operator: 0

Police Services: 865-8517 or 627-4811 (cell phone)

Vice Chancellor of University Relations, Curtis Carlson: 865-8529

Student Health Services: 865-8218

Facilities Management: 865-1700 (office hours)

Bruner Hall building supervisor, John Hertner: 865-8603

1.3 Emergency Response Agencies and Other Contacts

Kearney Fire Dept., Police Dept. and Ambulance: 911

Kearney Clinic Urgent Care: 865-2141

Good Samaritan Hospital: 865-7997 or 865-7911

Nebraska State Patrol: (402) 471-4545

Kearney Public Utilities: 233-3268 (daytime emergency) or 233-5200 (after hours)

Buffalo County Emergency Management and Local Emergency Planning Committee: 233-3225

Nebraska Dept. of Environmental Quality (NDEQ): (402) 471-4230  (402) 471-4545 (after hours)

National Response Center: (800) 424-8802

EPA RCRA Hotline:  (800) 424-9346

EPA Region VII: (913) 281-0991

Poison Center: (800) 222-1222 or (800) 955-9119

2.0 EMERGENCY PLAN ADMINISTRATION AND INTENT

This emergency plan is intended to provide information and to assign responsibilities to enable UNK personnel to undertake actions that will minimize any threat to students, faculty, staff, the general public, and to the environment from fires, explosions or any release (sudden or non-sudden) of hazardous waste, hazardous waste constituents, or hazardous materials from the waste accumulation area to the air, soil or surface water.

The provisions of this plan will be carried out immediately whenever there is a fire, explosion or release of hazardous materials from the waste accumulation area, which could threaten human health or the environment.  Refer to the UNK EOT for emergencies involving other areas of the campus.

The data are organized so that changes in personnel, procedures and regulations can be easily incorporated into the plan as they occur, ensuring that all information is up to date. The plan will be reviewed and amended, if necessary, whenever:

1. The plan fails in an emergency,

2. Changes are made in UNK's design, construction, operation, maintenance or other circumstances in a way that materially increases the potential for fires, explosions or releases of hazardous waste, hazardous waste constituents or hazardous materials or changes in the response necessary in an emergency,

3. The list of emergency coordinators changes,

4. The list of emergency equipment changes or

5. Applicable regulations are revised.

A copy of this emergency plan is maintained at the UNK Office of Facilities Management and Planning, the Hazardous Materials Technician’s office and in the waste accumulation area. Copies are submitted to local police departments, fire departments, hospital, UNK administrators and local emergency response teams that may be called upon to provide emergency services.

3.0 EMERGENCY COORDINATOR

Responsibility for responding to emergencies and implementing emergency procedures as required rests with the Emergency Coordinator. The list of names on page one identifies the Primary Emergency Coordinator and his/her alternate. If the Primary Emergency Coordinator is not available, the alternate will be contacted.

The Primary Emergency Coordinator and alternate have the authority to commit resources of UNK in the event of an emergency. One or the other will either be on the facility premises or on call at all times with the responsibility for coordinating all emergency response measures. The Emergency Coordinator is thoroughly familiar with all aspects of UNK's Emergency Plan, all operations and activities at the facility, the location and characteristics of hazardous waste and hazardous materials handled, the location of all the records within the facility and the facility layout. If neither the primary nor the alternate emergency coordinator can be reached, then the highest ranking member of the Facilities Emergency Operations Team will be contacted.

4.0 DESCRIPTION OF HAZARDOUS WASTE AND HAZARDOUS MATERIALS HANDLED

The waste accumulation area is located on the first floor, near the southwest corner of Bruner Hall of Science. The hazardous waste and hazardous materials that may be present in the waste accumulation area have many dangerous properties, including the ability to ignite, cause corrosion and release toxic fumes. Associated hazards include the following: fires, explosions, reactions, releases, and exposures. The types of injuries, which could result, include the following: concussions, burns (chemical or heat), poisoning due to inhalation, ingestion, or absorption of chemicals.

Estimated maximum amounts of hazardous materials located in the hazardous waste accumulation area are given in Table 1. Exact amounts of hazardous waste stored in the hazardous waste accumulation area can be found on file at the waste accumulation area and in the Hazardous Materials Technician’s office in the General Services Building. The types of hazardous wastes in the waste accumulation area may include the following: flammable liquids, flammable solids, acids, bases, oxidizers, poisons, compressed gases, sulfides, cyanides, shock-sensitive materials and water-reactive materials.

5.0 GENERAL EMERGENCY PROCEDURES

  1. Whenever there is an imminent or actual emergency situation, the Emergency Coordinator will immediately:
    1. Activate internal facility alarms and communication systems to notify all facility personnel to evacuate the building.
    2. Notify appropriate state and local agencies with designated response roles if their help is needed. Refer to the list of contacts in section 1.2 and 1.3.
  2. Whenever there is a release, fire or explosion, the Emergency Coordinator will immediately identify the character, exact source, amount and extent of any released materials. He/she does this by observation and/or review of facility records.
  3. Concurrently, the Emergency Coordinator will assess possible hazards to human health or the environment that may result from the release, fire, or explosion. This assessment will consider both direct and indirect effects of the release, fire, or explosion (e.g., the effects of any toxic, irritating, or asphyxiating gases that are generated, or the effects of any hazardous surface water run-off from water or chemical agents used to control fire and heat induced explosions).
  4. If the Emergency Coordinator determines that the facility has had a release, fire, or explosion which could threaten human health, or the environment, outside the facility, he/she will report his/her findings as follows:
    1. If the assessment indicates that evacuation of local areas may be advisable, the Emergency Coordinator will immediately notify appropriate local authorities. He/she will be available to help appropriate officials decide whether local areas should be evacuated.
    2. The Emergency Coordinator must immediately notify the Department of Environmental Quality at (402) 471-4230 or (402) 471-4545 if a reportable quantity is spilled or otherwise released. The report will include:
      1. Name and telephone number of reporter,
      2. Name and address of facility,
      3. Time and type of incident (release, fire, etc.)
      4. Name and quantity of materials involved, to the extent known,
      5. The extent of injuries, if any, and
      6. The possible hazards to human health or the environment outside the facility.
  5. During an emergency, the Emergency Coordinator will take all reasonable measures necessary to ensure that fires, explosions, and releases do not occur, recur or spread to other hazardous waste or hazardous materials at UNK. The measures will include, where applicable, stopping processes and operations, collecting and containing released waste, and removing or isolating containers. Arrangements have been made with the BHS building supervisor in case hazardous waste must be removed temporarily from the waste accumulation area. A room in BHS with adequate space and relative security has been agreed to serve as emergency, temporary storage. Arrangements have been made with the Director of Facilities Management for the use of a vehicle and a temporary storage area in case materials in the waste accumulation area must be removed from BHS temporarily.
  6. If UNK or a sector of UNK stops operations in response to a fire, explosion, or release, the Emergency Coordinator will monitor for leaks, pressure build-up, gas generation, or ruptures in valves, pipes, or other equipment, whenever this is appropriate.
  7. Immediately after an emergency, the Emergency Coordinator will provide for treating, storing, and disposing of recovered waste, contaminated soil or surface water, or any other material that results from release, fire, or explosion at the facility, and treat such material as hazardous waste.
  8. The Emergency Coordinator will ensure that, in the affected areas of UNK:
    1. No waste or hazardous material that may be incompatible with the released material is treated, stored, or disposed of until clean-up procedures are completed; and
    2. All emergency equipment listed in this Emergency Plan is cleaned and fit for its intended use before operations are resumed.
  9. After an emergency situation, residues, spill clean-up, and the like must be identified as to their hazardous constituents, care must be taken to observe any storage and handling restrictions imposed by incompatibilities that may be present.
  10. The Emergency Coordinator will note the time, date and details of any incident that requires implementing this Contingency Plan. Within 15 days after the incident, a written report on the incident must be submitted to the Director of NDEQ, and, if there was fire and/or explosions, to the State Fire Marshall, also if a reportable quantity was spilled or otherwise released. The report must include the following items:
    1. The name, address and telephone number of UNK generator contact person,
    2. The name, address and telephone number of the UNK campus,
    3. The date, time and type of incident (e.g., fire, explosion),
    4. The name and quantity of materials(s) involved,
    5. The extent of injuries, if any,
    6. An assessment of actual or potential hazards to human health or the environment, where this is applicable.
    7. The estimated quantity and disposition of recovered material that resulted from the incident.
  11. The UNK generator contact person must notify the Director of NDEQ, and the appropriate State and local authorities, that UNK is in compliance with Item 8 of this list before operations are resumed in the affected area(s).

6.0 EMERGENCY EQUIPMENT

The equipment described in this section is located at or near the waste accumulation area and is available for use in response to emergencies involving fires, spills, burns, chemical exposures and/or other accidents. This equipment is inspected on at least an annual basis or after each use. Inspection logs are kept in the Hazardous Materials Technician’s office. This equipment is available to the City of Kearney emergency response personnel to supplement the materials and equipment that they use. The waste accumulation area is equipped with a water sprinkler system and a heat sensor.

Fire Extinguishers:
An ABC type fire extinguisher is located next to the door to the waste accumulation area and in the hallway outside the Area. The ABC fire extinguishers are designed to combat small fires originating from ordinary combustibles (Class A), flammable liquids and gases (Class B) and electrical fires (Class C). A bucket of sand is available in the waste accumulation area to cover fires of flammable solids (Class D) until the Fire Department arrives.

Absorbents/Containment Materials:
Two 25-pound bags of floor absorbent material are available in the waste accumulation area for absorbing and containing liquid spills and oily materials.

Absorbent pads are also present in the waste accumulation area for containing and absorbing aggressive liquids.

Neutralizing Agents:
One acid spill kit and one caustic spill kit are located in the waste accumulation area to neutralize spills of acidic and caustic materials. Each kit contains at least 10 pounds of neutralizing agent.

Broom and Dust Pan:
Polypropylene dustpans and brooms are available for general clean up and for picking up used absorbents. These items are chemically resistant and can be used with flammable and corrosive materials.

Mop and Bucket:
Contact a building custodian for a mop and bucket. These items are useful in the final clean-up stages of chemical spills. The mop bucket provides a confined source of water that can easily be transferred to a storage container if the water becomes contaminated with hazardous waste and requires disposal in accordance with hazardous waste regulations.

Communications:
A telephone is located in the Custodial Leader’s office next to the waste accumulation area. Emergency telephone numbers are posted near that telephone. The Primary and Alternate Emergency Coordinators have cell phones. The Police Services Officers have two-way radios.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE):
PPE is present near the waste accumulation area. PPE includes: chemical-resistant gloves, safety goggles, rubber boots and a rain suit.

Fire Alarm:
The nearest fire alarm is next to the door just outside of the waste accumulation area. Another is located near each of the south exits of Bruner Hall.

7.0 SPILL CONTROL AND RESPONSE

The following are guidelines for spill control, evacuation, notification of proper authorities and general emergency procedures in the event of an incident in which there is potential for a significant release of hazardous waste or hazardous waste constituents on or around the waste accumulation area.

7.1 Spill Control
Each response to an incident is dependent upon the chemical properties of the materials involved, quantity and location of the spill. Most UNK employees with some previous training can handle most non-ignitable, low toxicity liquids or solids not generating hazardous vapors. If a self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) is required, call 911. UNK personnel are not certified to use emergency respiratory protection.

Inert absorbents or neutralizing solids can be used to prevent the spread of liquids. Absorbent should be spread around the periphery of a spill, then added to the center and mixed thoroughly. The resulting mixture should be scooped into polyethylene bags at least 6-mils thick. The Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) for the spilled product should be consulted for more information. MSDS for all chemicals in the waste accumulation area are located near the door to the waste accumulation area and in the office of the Hazardous Materials Technician. Spills of ignitable liquids or solids, highly toxic materials and materials generating dangerous fumes require a trained person (such as from the State Haz Mat Team) to do the clean up.

The floor drain nearest to the waste accumulation area (WAA) is located in the mechanical room adjacent to the north side of the WAA. The nearest storm sewer is at the bottom of the loading ramp on the south side of Bruner Hall.

7.2 Evacuation
Persons in the immediate vicinity of the incident who are not trained to help with the clean up should evacuate the area. If there is substantial chemical release into the air, consideration should be given to evacuating local areas near the campus. (A map of the area is in Section 11.0 of this Plan.) The Emergency Coordinator will notify the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality, the Kearney Fire Department, and the Civil Defense to help decide on evacuation requirements and procedures. The evacuation of non-campus people, if necessary, should be directed by the Fire or Police Departments.

7.3 Advisement
The Emergency Coordinator should be present to advise assisting agencies on the character, amounts, source and extent of hazardous materials to the extent known. The Emergency Coordinator should obtain MSDS on the materials involved with the incident.

8.0 EMERGENCY PLAN DISTRIBUTION

            UNK Vice Chancellor for Business and Finance

            UNK Vice Chancellor for University Relations

            UNK Director of University Communications

            UNK Director of Business Services

            Bruner Hall building supervisor

            UNK Chemistry Department Chairman

            UNK Director of Police Services

            UNK Manager of Environmental Health and Safety

            UNK Hazardous Materials Technician

            UNK Director of Student Health Services

            University of Nebraska Director of Institutional Regulatory Compliance

9.1 PROCEDURES FOR MAKING ARRANGEMENTS

Arrangements have been made to familiarize the following entities with the layout of the waste accumulation area (WAA), properties of hazardous waste handled there and associated hazards, as well as places where facility personnel would normally be working, the entrance to the WAA and possible evacuation routes. Agreements designating a primary emergency authority and agreements with others to provide support to the primary emergency authority have been made as described in this section. Arrangements with local authorities have been made by sending each a copy of the Emergency Plan, which lists all specific arrangements to be made with the entity. All entities have been provided with a current copy of the Emergency Plan. (These records have been filed at the Hazardous Materials Technician’s office, General Services Building, Kearney, Nebraska 68849.)

9.2 ARRANGEMENTS WITH THE UNIVERSITY OPERATOR

The University operator can be reached on any regular campus phone during regular business hours by dialing “0.” If the University operator receives an emergency call, he/she will immediately transfer the call to “911” to alert emergency personnel of the need for assistance.  The University operator will also inform Police Services and the designated University emergency response personnel.

9.3 ARRANGEMENTS WITH KEARNEY COMMUNITY EMERGENCY RESPONSE “911”

This centralized community service emergency response number functions to provide central access to all emergency services. A call placed to this number will result in the dispatch of all necessary emergency response personnel, depending upon the nature of the call. Dispatchers will also notify the hospital of potential injuries. The “911” dispatcher will be responsible for securing current weather information including wind direction, temperature and humidity. Calls placed to “911” from a campus phone may be dialed as “911.”

9.4 ARRANGEMENTS WITH POLICE SERVICES

Police Services will act as the Primary Emergency Authority and will assume the following responsibilities when responding to a call for assistance at the WAA: control access and secure the perimeter of the area affected by the emergency; direct traffic and ensure an unobstructed route of entry and exit for emergency vehicles; and direct campus evacuation proceedings.

9.5 ARRANGEMENTS WITH UNIVERSITY EMERGENCY OPERATIONS COMMAND CENTER

In the event of an emergency at the WAA that requires the assistance of outside emergency response personnel, an Emergency Operations Command Center may be established. If established, this Center will facilitate emergency response actions as advised by the Emergency Coordinator and will provide the resources necessary to control the incident.

9.6 ARRANGEMENTS WITH KEARNEY POLICE DEPARTMENT

Kearney Police will provide support to Police Services Officers to control access to the UNK campus, direct traffic on streets, ensure an unobstructed route of entry and exit for emergency vehicles and direct evacuation proceedings around the campus if deemed necessary.

9.7 ARRANGEMENTS WITH NEBRASKA STATE PATROL

This agency will provide support to the Kearney Police and UNK Police Services in controlling access to the UNK campus and directing traffic on Highway 30. They will also assist evacuation proceedings if deemed necessary.

9.8 ARRANGEMENTS WITH KEARNEY VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT

The Kearney Volunteer Fire Department personnel are trained at the responder level. They will contact the Buffalo County Haz Mat Team for assistance on any major fire or spill involving hazardous materials. The Kearney Volunteer Fire Department will attempt to identify the hazardous material, secure the incident scene and take a defensive posture.

9.9 ARRANGEMENTS WITH THE LOCAL AMBULANCE SERVICE

The local ambulance service will respond to emergency calls to 911 in which serious injuries have occurred. The responding Emergency Medical Technicians will provide emergency care to stabilize and transport victims to the hospital. The Emergency Medical Technicians are able to aid victims contaminated with hazardous chemicals.

9.10 ARRANGEMENTS WITH GOOD SAMARITAN HOSPITAL

This hospital can provide emergency medical services to traumatized victims. It will also provide emergency care and decontamination services 24 hours per day and seven days per week.

9.11 ARRANGEMENTS WITH KEARNEY CLINIC

This medical center can provide treatment for injuries that are not life threatening. The Clinic’s regular hours are from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm weekdays and 8:30 am to 12:00 pm on Saturdays. Their Urgent Care center is open from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm weekdays and 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm Sundays. It is for non-emergency health care.

9.12 ARRANGEMENTS WITH UNIVERSITY STUDENT HEALTH SERVICES

Student Health Services can be called upon to treat minor injuries requiring medical attention. Staff is available to help with an emergency from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday.

9.13 ARRANGEMENTS WITH BUFFALO COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AND LOCAL EMERGENCY PLANNING COMMITTEE (LEPC)

If an emergency is determined to be a disaster affecting individuals and the environment beyond the contiguous boundaries of the University, the Buffalo County Emergency Management Office and the LEPC will be called upon to assist in all phases of emergency response, including communication, response to injuries, disaster control and overall coordination of response activities.

9.14 ARRANGEMENTS WITH BUFFALO COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT

The Buffalo County Health Department will assess the public health implications of an accident to protect the public health from both immediate and delayed hazards, will advise the Kearney Volunteer Fire Department in matters relating to first-responder protection and will help determine best procedures for clean-up and assure that clean-up is carried out in a timely manner using proper techniques designed for the continuing protection of public health. The Buffalo County Health Department also plays an important role in providing information regarding product toxicology, health effects of chemical exposures, possible medical treatments and medical outcomes to first-responding EMT personnel, Fire Department personnel and local hospitals.

9.15 ARRANGEMENTS WITH KEARNEY PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT

The Kearney Public Works, Maintenance Division, can assist with barricades, certain equipment, and implementation of containment measures and mapping of storm sewers.

9.16 ARRANGEMENTS WITH KEARNEY UTILITIES DEPARTMENT

The Kearney Public Utilities, Waste Water Division, can advise on assessment and containment measures, remedial cleanup, site monitoring and mapping of sanitary sewers.

9.17 ARRANGEMENTS WITH NEBRASKA STATE FIRE MARSHAL

This agency provides expertise and instruction if there is a threat of fire or explosion.

9.18 NEBRASKA DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY (NDEQ)

This agency will oversee UNK’s assessment of the extent of environmental damage/impact and potential environmental effects, and will oversee UNK’s remediation of the facility. NDEQ will be notified within 24 hours, by oral report, and within 15 days, via written report, of any spill or other release of a reportable quantity of a hazardous material.

9.19 U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY, REGION VII

This agency will work in cooperation with the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality.

9.20 U.S. COAST GUARD NATIONAL RESPONSE CENTER

The National Response Center (NRC), which is operated by the U.S. Coast Guard, receives reports required for spills of hazardous substances. The NRC also acts as the notification, communications, technical assistance and coordination center for the National Response Team, which consists of 14 federal agencies. After receiving a report, the NRC will immediately relay the information to the responsible, designated, Federal On-Scene Coordinator (FOSC). The NRC provides technical and communications support to the FOSC. This support includes computer-based spill dispersion modeling, a database of biological and toxicological information and a method of identifying specific characteristics of known chemicals.

9.21 POISON CENTER

The Poison Center can help identify hazardous materials and provide toxicity information as well as identify immediate dangers to exposed individuals. They can also provide triage/treatment recommendations for exposed individuals.

10.0 BRUNER HALL OF SCIENCE FIRST FLOOR PLAN

For floor plan, see Environmental Health and Safety

11.0 UNK CAMPUS MAP

BHS 11.0

Table 1. Estimated maximum amounts of hazardous materials in the Hazardous Waste Accumulation Area.

HAZARD CLASS 
 
ESTIMATED MAX AMOUNT 
 
 DOT GUIDE BOOK NO.   HAZARDOUS PROPERTIES  EXAMPLES 
 Flammable Liquids
 
 100 gals.
 
 26  Extremely Flammable, Poisonous by Inhalation
 
ethyl acetate, acetone, methanol
 
Flammable Solids
 
 50 lbs.
 
32
 
 Extremely Flammable, Possibly Explosive
 
picric acid, powdered metals
 
Acids and Bases
 
 100 lbs.
 
 60 Severely Corrosive
 
 sulfuric acid, acetic acid, sodium hydroxide
 
 Oxidizers 50 lbs.
 
 35  Highly Reactive
 
 sodium nitrate
 
 Poisons  2000 lbs.
 
 53 or 55
 
 Highly Toxic
 
 heavy metals, PCBs, carcinogens
 
 Compressed Gases
 
 40 lbs.
 
 22  Extremely Flammable, Possibly Explosive
 
aerosol cans
 
Sulfides and Cyanides
 
50 lbs.
 
55 or 60
 
Reactive, Poisonous by Inhalation
 
lead sulfide, sodium cyanide
 
Shock-sensitive Materials
 
25 lbs.
 
48 or 49
 
May Explode or Ignite if Impacted
 
peroxides
 
Water-reactive Materials
 
20 lbs.
 
39 or 40
 
May Ignite on Contact with Water
 
soda lime
 
Inhalation Hazards
 
5 lbs.
 
154
 
Poison by Inhalation
 
bromine-containing materials