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

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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;...

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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...

UMass Environmental Health and Safety, the Federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the OSHA Training Institute in Keene, New Hampshire, Safety Council of Western New England, the Connecticut Valley Chapter of the American Society of Safety Engineers, and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Labor Standards OSHA Consultation Program co-hosted the OSHA Summer Summit at the UMass Lincoln Campus Center on June 23, 2016. 

The Summit attracts over 400 industry and...

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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