Chemical Safety & Community Resiliency Outreach Initiative

The Merrimack Valley Planning Commission (MVPC) and the Massachusetts Office of Technical Assistance (OTA) are launching a program to reduce the risk of severe weather-related accidents at industrial and  municipal/regional facilities by incorporating toxics use reduction into emergency preparedness and hazard mitigation planning.  The following questions are designed to gather baseline information of facilities and current management practice in chemical use and emergency preparedness to withstand extreme storm events. Your responses will help inform development of our first training workshop scheduled for October 18th at the Haverhill campus of Northern Essex Community College.   All replies will be kept confidential.  Contact information you provide will only be used should you want to learn more about the planned trainings, free and confidential technical assistance, or other resources available through MVPC and OTA.

* 1. Does your facility store and maintain hazardous materials on site?

* 2. Has your facility conducted a hazard analysis and prepared an emergency response plan:

* 3. Have you reviewed or updated your emergency response plan:

* 4. Have your employees been trained in spill response and the implementation of your emergency plan:

* 5. Have you shared and reviewed your emergency procedures with your local fire department:

* 6. Have you identified nearby environmentally vulnerable points of interest (e.g. public water supplies, schools, hospitals, daycare or nursing facilities) that could be impacted by a chemical event at your facility?

* 7. How concerned are you about the vulnerability of your facility to natural hazards such as flooding, extreme temperatures, storms or other event?

* 8. Is your facility in a flood zone?

* 9. Has your facility initiated measures to reduce your use of toxic chemicals and materials?

* 10. Has your facility taken measures to reduce the risk of toxic materials from your facility being released into the environment:

* 11. Has your facility taken actions to reduce its energy consumption:

* 12. Has your facility taken action to reduce its water consumption:

* 13. Are you familiar with the free, confidential technical services provided by OTA?

* 14. Would you be interested in learning more about how OTA offers free and confidential services to help businesses reduce their use of toxic materials, decrease energy and water consumption, and secures resources such as grants?

* 15. MVPC and OTA will be sponsoring free training sessions beginning October 2017 geared to communities and businesses with practical tips and suggestions for evaluating and managing chemical safety. Would you like to be included on the invitation list for the trainings planned as part of this initiative?