Jeff Hescock

Andrew Mangels, Vice Chancellor for Administration and Finance has appointed Jeffrey Hescock as permanent Executive Director for Environmental Health and Safety and Emergency Management. 

Hescock has been serving as interim Executive Director after the retirement of Don Robinson, who retired in 2017.

Hescock has been with the UMass System serving in an Emergency Management role since 2010, coming to the Amherst campus in 2013.

Prior to joining the UMass system, Hescock worked as a senior consultant on emergency management issues for Science Application International Corp., a Framingham-based company. He also served as a regional planner and a government preparedness manager with the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency.

Speaking of Hescock, Mangels stated, "I look forward to his continued leadership and focus on enhancing EH&S service delivery to the campus in the years ahead."


Practicing shelter skills

UMass and Northampton Emergency Managers teamed up with the Western Regional Homeland Security Advisory Council to “exercise” Hampshire County’s Emergency Shelter plan recently.  The scenario was based on a tornado scenario in the county, but the need to operate a shelter could come from a variety of natural or man-made incidents.

Representatives from 15 emergency response organizations were on hand for the exercise, including MRC and College of Nursing members and representatives from Environmental Health and Safety, the Office of Emergency Management, and Health Services from UMass.  There were close to 200 participants from throughout Hampshire County.

Participants began the day by rotating among several different workshops and presentations. Topics ranged from best sheltering practices to caring for vulnerable populations.  Officials then transitioned into the exercise portion of the event, setting up a mock shelter in the school’s cafeteria.

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Over 550 professionals from Higher Education, General Industry and Construction Industry came to campus to participate in the 5th Annual OSHA Summer Summit.

Hosted byUMass Amherst in conjunction with OSHA, the state Department of Labor and Workforce Development, the OSHA training Institute at Keene State College, Safety Council of Western New England and the Connecticut Valley Chapter of the American Society of Safety Professionals, the safety training and networking event will offer attendees important professional development topics such as empowering the workforce for safety, developing a safety culture, fall protection, electrical safety, machine guarding, industrial hygiene, emergency preparedness and OSHA case studies.

Massachusetts Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development Rosalin Acosta and Hampden County Sheriff Nick Cocchi were the keynote speakers.  Acosta spoke on Workforce Strong, an initiative ensuring workers, employers and the unemployed have the... read more

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