1.2 Building Emergency Teams (BET)

A Building Emergency Team (BET) is a group of people from the same department and/or building with an interest and commitment to emergency preparedness for chemical spills.

It is the assumed responsibility of the BET to develop the EPP by completing this template and communicating the existence of the plan to building occupants, and assisting building occupants with understanding the plan.

1.2.1 Purpose

The purpose of the BET is to assume responsibility for the development of the EPP by completing the template, communicating the existence of the plan to affected occupants, assisting occupants with understanding the plan, and implementing the plan when needed. An additional responsibility of the team is to create an Orphan Spill Response Team (OSRT) capable of cleaning up minor spills in public areas of their buildings when no one is willing to assume responsibility for creation or remediation of the spill.

1.2.2 Membership

Membership on the BET is voluntary unless otherwise determined by the individual departments that they serve. Each BET will consist of permanent or long term employees. While not barred from being BET members, staff who are part time, semi-permanent or short term staff are not an ideal choice for team membership. Students should not be BET members.

Membership of the BET should represent a cross section of the occupants of the building or department, possibly having a representative from each floor in a multi-story or multi-departmental building. At least one member of the BET should be from a laboratory. It is also important to have team members who are familiar with or knowledgeable of chemicals.

The BET should have five or more members headed by a leader and an assistant leader. To ensure someone will normally be present in case of an emergency, the BET should never have fewer than three members.

The BET is also responsible for determining which members will serve as primary, secondary and alternate contacts for emergency responders. Contact information is listed at the front of this plan, and should reflect the order of who will assume leadership for controlling a major spill situation until emergency responders arrive if the primary contact is unavailable.

1.2.3 Team Responsibilities

  • Serve in a leadership role for building occupants to facilitate awareness, promote preparedness, enhance training and education, and establish and maintain a building notification system for use during emergencies.
  1. Serve as a primary contact for local emergency responders.
  2. Compile and provide required emergency information to responders.
  3. Implement the evacuation plan for the building.
  4. Become knowledgeable of the location of significant quantities of hazardous materials (HM) through the use of the University’s chemical inventory system (EHS Assistant).
  5. Meet with other team members on a recurring basis
  6. Participate in emergency preparedness training.
  7. Create and maintain the Emergency Preparedness Plan; communicate its contents and location to building occupants.
  8. Facilitate education about the nature of policies and procedures used by local emergency responders to execute a successful response.
  • Maintain the Go-Kit to be used in an emergency event.
  1. Promote the use of EHS Assistant and maintain currency of its information by HM users.
  2. Maintain in the Go-Kit hardcopies of inventories not kept on EHS Assistant.
  3. Maintain emergency contact information on HM users during both regular business hours and after-hours.
  • Communicate to Hazardous Material users the following requirements:
  1. Maintain an inventory.
  2. Ensure a SDS is available for each chemical.
  3. Be prepared and capable of responding to minor spills.
  4. Maintain spill supplies.
  5. Obtain training for major and minor spills.
  6. Notify the BET of all spills and provide the BET with the necessary details emergency responders will need.
  • Provide leadership and guidance to the OSRT.
  1. Create and maintain a volunteer team to manage minor orphan spills within the building.
  2. Coordinate spill cart training for OSRT members to use spill cart.
  3. Identify location of spill cart (spill supplies) and maintain contents.
  4. Manage spill cart and its contents to ensure readiness.