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Policy Title :
Emergency and Non-Emergency Hazardous Materials Release Response
Policy Number :
V. 11
Responsible Party :
Research
Effective Date :
21/05/2015
Revised Date :
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Purpose

The purpose of the hazardous material release policy is to:

  1. provide safe environment for faculty, staff, students, visiting scholars, and general public who work with or may be affected by the hazardous material;
  2. Safeguard  PMU  property and research assets;
  3. Provide overall requirements and procedures for the management of hazardous materials in laboratories, work spaces, facilities etc.
  4. Systematize response procedures throughout the University.
Statement :

PMU policies are intended to establish and maintain procedures to:

  1. Immediate response to incidental release of  hazardous materials;
  2. Clean-up of hazardous materials releases;
  3. Maintain records of all incidental hazardous materials releases and accidents; review the cause and reduce reoccurrence.
  4. Report incidents to outside agencies as required;

This policy provides strategic levels of response depending on the type and amount of risk involved. These procedures are promptly and consistently followed depending on the information details provided by the reporting members.

In compliance with Saudi Government regulations PMU has developed and implemented a hazardous material release response plan to minimize hazards to human health and the resulting environment from any unexpected release of hazardous materials. It outlines procedures that apply to all PMU faculties, students, staff, research personnel and visiting scholars at PMU.

Responsibilities

PMU Environmental Health & Safety (EHS):

  1. Establishes a planning team to contain and control the release of hazardous material;
  2. Create response procedures for  local personnel to non-emergency releases;
  3. Ensuring safe working environment by implementing laws and regulations;
  4. Registering every incident pertaining to emergency and non-emergency releases.
  5. Interface with university workers and general public to create awareness of the policy and procedures.

Security Department:

  1. Register incidental reports as provided by the informer and notify the EHS team with relevant information;
  2. Protect university assets and shield the incidental area.

Department Chairs, Research personnel, and Supervisors:

  1. Supervise and ensuring the safety of students and other members at the work area;
  2. Provide training in emergency response procedures to the working members and ascertain the same to be posted noticeably in the working area.

Faculty, Students and Staff:

  1. Observing sound health and safety practices in compliance with university policies and procedures.
  2. Prompt reporting of  any emergency or hazardous situation  as per procedures;
  3. Provide assistance to the emergency response personnel;
  4. Follow clean up procedures if release is nonhazardous.

Standard Procedures in case of all Incidents

These procedures are planned to provide an array of response to incidents involving hazardous materials appropriate to their magnitude and risk. The evaluation of the hazardous material release will be made by the (EHS) in consultation with the Lab Supervisor.

In the event of a potential time lapse in hazard evaluation or complexity of the hazardous release, an emergency protocol will be applied to safeguard the personnel involved and the environment.

Procedures to be followed for Hazardous Materials Release

In any circumstance, when personnel become aware of a hazardous material incident:

  1. If in the Chemistry Laboratory, call 8886 (PMU control room) regardless of the nature of the incident and notify the Department chair, Research personnel or supervisor to the earliest.
  2. In case on non-availability of the above members leave appropriate messages by using their contact numbers posted in and around the work area.
  3. In case of non-hazardous chemical release at any work place, call at 849-8886.
  4. In case of a non-emergency release the first responder should undertake clean up procedure using appropriate protective equipment; namely gloves, protective eyewear, closed toe shoes, long pants and lab coat.
  5. If the first responder is doubtful of the nature of emergency, assume it as critical and apply the emergency protocol.
  6. Proceed to the university nursing center in case of injury.

Any report of an emergency must be notified promptly by the Nursing Center (849-9725) to Security Office (849-8566).