Isothermal Community College

Learning College Manual

Emergency and Safety Plans

IV. Written Hazard Communication Program


The purpose of this program is to insure the safety of our students and employees as well as to protect the buildings, grounds, environment, and equipment in and around which we work. This program does not provide all answers for every potential occurrence; in most instances, good judgment and calm, logical thinking provide the best solution to any problem.

The program is intended to comply with sub-part L of the Federal Register, which deals with “Fire Protection, Means of Egress, and Hazardous Materials.”

In addition, the intent of this program is to outline the procedures and responsibilities of authorized personnel for compliance with the RCRA Act of 1976, commonly known as “Hazardous Waste Management.” It is also intended to comply with section 262.34, paragraph 5 of the Federal Register that requires a generator of hazardous material to comply with sub-part C of part 265, “Preparedness and Prevention,” and sub-part D of part 265, “Contingency Plan and Emergency Procedure.”


During the initial orientation of current and new employees, management ensures that each person is aware of job related hazards and all employees are provided a copy of the college Safety Policy.  An employee will not perform work involving job related hazards without direct, immediate supervision or until specific job hazard training has been completed. Department heads and supervisors or their designees should review safety concerns specific to their respective areas as required by OSHA CFR 1910.120.


Evacuation  (First line of action is to contact 9-911)

If a situation is perceived to pose a possible danger, after contacting 9-911, notify the switchboard operator “0” who will report the situation to college officials.

Note: North Carolina is a Good Samaritan state; however, employees should be aware that if an employee chooses to render assistance, the employee is doing so by his/her own choice and is not required to render assistance as part of his/her job responsibility.

In instances other than in imminently dangerous situations, department supervisors have authority to evacuate an area or areas or sound the evacuation alarm when it is determined that evacuation is necessary. Follow Building Evacuation Procedures (see page 13). The department supervisor is responsible for notifying supervisors in adjacent departments of any dangerous situations that could have an effect upon their departments.  The department supervisor is responsible for evacuation of all personnel in his/her area when evacuation is necessary.  Department supervisors will make a head count of his/her employees and students.

During evening and night hours, should the need for evacuation become necessary, the Vice President of Administrative Services, the President, and the department head of the area must be notified after an evacuation occurs.  Those members of management contacted should arrive on the scene as soon as possible.


If a fire or explosion occurs, the person first observing the situation should notify the nearest supervisor or call 9-911 if no one is available. Follow Fire Procedures (see page 13).

Hazardous Material Spill

If a hazardous material spill occurs, the person first observing the spill must notify the nearest supervisor or appropriate personnel by person or telephone (whichever is faster). He/she must relay information regarding the substance spilled and the quantity to the supervisor or appropriate person.

The supervisor or appropriate person ensures that all employees are evacuated from the area, if necessary. FollowBuilding Evacuation Procedures (see page 13).

If any person(s) is injured or exposed to a toxic, corrosive, reactive, or poisonous substance, call 9-911 for emergency service.

The supervisor or appropriate person must begin containment and clean up of spill immediately. Training under 29 CFR 1910.120 is required for involvement in containment and clean-up.

The supervisor or appropriate person at the scene of the spill should notify the Administration (ext. 202) and the Director of Plant Operations and Maintenance as soon as possible (ext. 398 or 233).