Purpose and Application

  1. To identify the potential for accidents and emergency situations and to establish and maintain procedures to test and improve emergency preparedness plans.
  2. This procedure applies to potential emergencies that can occur at the Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T) campus.


    Emergency: A sudden, generally unexpected occurrence demanding immediate action.

Roles and Responsibility

  1. The departments will periodically evaluate their facility for the potential for an emergency and to take action to prevent an emergency from occurring if a potential is identified.
  2. The Missouri S&T Police Department will establish and maintain procedures in the Emergency Operations Plan document for responding to emergencies on campus and to work with the departments to test the procedures.
  3. The Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) department will establish and maintain procedures in the Emergency Response Plans. The EHS Department will also maintain a log when responding to emergencies involving hazardous materials and to work with the departments to test the procedures. Additional Emergency Information is maintained by EHS on their web site.
  4. Each department is responsible for following established emergency procedures and performing drills as required.
  5. Environmental Health & Safety is responsible for maintaining a copy of the contingency plan for the Dangerous Materials Storage Facility (DMSF) and for ensuring the plan is periodically reviewed for effectiveness.


  1. Potential for emergencies are defined during the planning process for new activities on campus. Specified EHS personnel will work with the Environmental Management System (EMS) Coordinator to record the potentials for emergency in the EMS database.
  2. Periodically, those areas that have potential for emergency will perform evaluations of the potential for emergency. The EHS department and/or EMS internal auditors may also perform these evaluations. If a potential is identified, action will be taken to prevent a potential emergency. If external resources are required to achieve this, a request for corrective action may be generated and issued to the appropriate department.
  3. In the case of an actual emergency, the defined Emergency Response Plans will be followed.
  4. After an emergency, the emergency response team will evaluate the response to the emergency and may issue a corrective action request if the response did not meet the expectations of the plan or if other considerations need to be made.
  5. Periodically, the EHS department will work with departments to perform drills to test the emergency response plans, if practical, and/or to review the plan for improvements. Records of these drills/reviews will be maintained.
  6. After a drill, the emergency response team will evaluate the response to the emergency and may request a corrective action if the response did not meet the expectations of the plan or other improvements that are necessary to ensure environmental health and safety.

    Hazard and Emergency Reporting

  1. All students, faculty and staff are responsible for reporting environmental or health & safety hazards or emergencies (including spills and fires) immediately upon discovery. Such hazards are reported as described in the Emergency Response Plans.
  2. When calls come into University Police to report hazards or emergencies, University Police will alert and dispatch appropriate personnel for assistance. University Police will receive, document and respond to all such communications and maintain records and reports of these communications.
  3. Communication of the results of the investigation and/or correction of reported hazards are the responsibility of the appropriate Department leadership.
  4. If a release above the regulatory reportable quantity (RQ) occurs, departments shall contact EHS with the information and EHS shall report it to the appropriate agency, as required.
  5. If a hazard or emergency results in/from a non-compliance, departments may correct the non-compliance themselves or contact EHS for assistance. If the non-compliance cannot easily be corrected, departments may request a corrective action using the Corrective Action Request Form.

Emergency Response Plans- Missouri S&T Campus

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