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Vaccination advocate and Paralympic gold medalist Nicholas Springer was the keynote speaker for the emergency exercise and workshop held on campus on Thursday, April 6, 2017. The workshop was held to test plans for a mass vaccination clinic if a highly contagious illness ever strikes the Five College community.

Springer was a teen when he contracted meningococcal meningitis at summer camp in 1999. The young athlete spent two months in a coma and became a quadruple amputee. After...

The 2017 OSHA Summer Summit will be held on Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at the University of Massachusetts Amherst at the Lincoln Campus Center.

The Summit is a low cost full day packed with quality Safety and Health training on a wide variety of topics, including OSHA National, Regional and Local Emphasis programs. Presenters are very knowledgeable and well regarded on a National and Regional level.  Over 20 vendors providing quality safety and health products and services will also be...

March 21, 2017

Donald Robinson, for 42 years the executive director of Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S), has announced his retirement, effective June 4.

An on-campus reception in his honor is being planned for mid-May.

Beginning with a General Electric/UMass Amherst apprentice program in 1960, Robinson has been associated with the university for 57 years and has served under 11 chancellors and interim chancellors.

“Over the years I have experienced UMass...

Best College Roomates Evah

Fire Safety advocates from across Massachusetts came together to support the Boston Firefighters that put together this PSA - "Best Roomates Evah" -- Smoke detectors and two ways out.

Michael Swain, Fire Prevention Services Supervisor with Environmental Health and Safety, was on hand at the Massachusetts Statehouse when Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito signed the Campus Fire Safety Month Proclamation on Wednesday, August 31, 2016.  Joining the Lieutenant Governor were fire and building officials, college safety officials, and college fire safety advocates from around the state when September announced as "Campus fire safety month" in Massachusetts.

All workers performing work considered to be excavations per the Mass DigSafe Law, MGL82 section 40 must receive DigSafe orientation prior to excavating work. This training must be renewed
every two years.

Watch the orientation video and fill out the certification form to complete this training requirement.

Donald Robinson, executive director of Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S), has completed requirements for certification as an Associate in Risk Management-ERM.

The ERM designation applies to enterprise- or institution-wide risk management.

“To my knowledge I am the first person across the entire UMass system that has achieved this certification.,” Robinson said. “This is the most sought after designation for folks working in the field of higher education risk management...

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UMass Amherst’s Medical Reserve Corps, University Health Services and the Environmental Health, Safety and Emergency Management Office hosted an emergency exercise and workshop on Thursday, April 7 to test plans for a mass vaccination in the event of an outbreak within the student body. More than 325 volunteers and emergency response partners participated in the event, which simulated a large-scale vaccination clinic for a meningitis outbreak

EH&S Fire Prevention and Safety staff were on hand for the UMass USafe event to welcome the students back to campus for a new academic year.

Jeff Hescock, Director of University Emergency Management presented a program on Planning for Shelter Operations at the New England Higher Education Emergency Managers' Symposium.

Michael Swain, supervisor of fire prevention services, has been honored with the Glenn Gaines Excellence in Fire Prevention award.

The national award was presented Feb. 27 at the Campus Fire Safety/Fire Code Academy Conference in Columbus, Ohio.

The award recognizes effective fire safety education through program development, delivery, organization and creativity in an effort to reduce the number fires on campus and in off-campus student housing.

The presentation...

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Emergency preparedness programs at the University of Massachusetts Amherst have earned the school a “StormReady” designation from the National Weather Service, the first awarded to a public university in Massachusetts.

To be recognized as StormReady, a university must establish a 24-hour warning point and emergency operations center; have multiple ways to receive severe weather warnings and forecasts and to alert the public; create a system that monitors weather conditions locally;...

Sondra Slesinski, EH&S Officer for Physical Plant, was one of the presenters to the Annual Building Coordinators' meeting hosted by Physical Plant. UMass Amherst Building Coordinators have accepted an important responsibility. The time and energy they bring to the task make UMass Amherst a better place to learn, work and play.

Among other tasks, Building Coordinator responsibilities include:

  • Maintain an accurate list of contact persons and corresponding spaces for your...

Sam the Minuteman was on hand to help UMass EMS with duties at the 2016 Homecoming Football game.

Alvaro Llanos and Shawn Simons

Environmental Health and Safety sponsored a unique safety program with guest speakers Alvaro Llanos and Shawn Simons, survivors of the tragic 2000 Seton Hall University fire.

The program included a showing of the acclaimed documentary “After The Fire: A Story of Heroes and Cowards,” which is based on journalist and author Robin Gaby Fisher’s seven-part series in the Newark Star-Ledger and later New York Times Best Selling book, “After the Fire: A True Story of...

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On July 1st, 2013, UMass Amherst adopted a tobacco free policy to encourage and support a healthier environment among all members of the campus community. The Amherst campus joins over 1500 colleges and universities nationwide in being a smoke or tobacco free campus. 

The use of any tobacco product including cigarettes, smokeless tobacco and e-cigarette/vapes are prohibited indoors and outdoors on the UMass Amherst campus grounds. This policy applies to all individuals on campus...

Five College Emergency Preparedness planners and community and state agency Healthcare and Emergency Management partners participated in an Emergency Dispensing Site Workshop on campus to update and discuss Emergency Dispensing Site (EDS) planning and operations. The participants reviewed best practices and discussed how best to work together on how these plans would be implemented across the Five Colleges during an emergency.