Does Your University Need a SPCC Plan?

DOES YOUR UNIVERSITY NEED A SPCC PLAN?


The simple answer is yes. Colleges and universities require specialized emergency facilities with instruments and apparatus to address natural disasters, such as storms, flooding, and fires. Campuses often house volatile and perishable materials. Therefore, a power outage could be detrimental to the operation and functioning of the school. To combat this issue, campuses employ emergency generators, often equipped with underground diesel fuel tanks.

Proper policies and procedures for campus safety and security will always include an SPCC (Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure) to ensure that the oil in the underground tanks will not leach into nearby waterways. Even though the University may not be located near water, it will also ensure that storm runoff will not carry pollution and contaminate groundwater or plant life. It will also include emergency procedures should there be a fire, a flood, or another natural disaster on campus.

Purpose

The function of an SPCC it to help facilities prevent a discharge of oil, and to create response procedures in the event of a fire, an earthquake, a flood or other emergency. This rule is a part of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ‘s oil spill prevention policy.

Prevention

  • Only use containers suitable for the oil stored.
  • Provide overfill prevention for your oil storage containers.
  • Use secondary containment for bulk storage containers such as a dike or remote impoundment to hold the full capacity of the container, plus any rainfall.

Implementation

  • Operating procedures to prevent oil spills.
  • Control Measures including secondary containment.
  • Countermeasures to contain, clean up, and mitigate the effects of an oil spill or disaster.
  • Evacuation in a crisis, to safely evacuate students, staff, and visitors.

The SPCC Plan will identify potential sources of oil and hazardous materials and situations and the measures required to prevent injuries or illnesses to employees, students, and visitors at the facility during, or immediately after hazardous substance release or spill. The procedures must also outline steps to follow other emergency scenarios, such as fires, bomb threats, or security breaches. It will also need to include a description and map of the campus buildings and local cross streets in case of emergency.

Your SPCC plan must be prepared by a legal professional and certified by a qualified engineer to be considered compliant. Clean Fuels has years of experience knowledge regarding the latest EPA Standards and OSHA requirements. Our consultants have assisted in creating SPCC plans for colleges or universities. Contact us today for more information.