Presentation on theme: "Hazardous Waste & Emergency Procedures"— Presentation transcript:
1Hazardous Waste & Emergency Procedures A Shared ResponsibilityCalvin College
2Calvin College Hazardous Waste Policies Managing Hazardous Waste (HW) is a shared responsibilityCalvin is committed to maintaining a safe and healthy work environment…Disposing HW into dumpsters, drains, or onto the ground is prohibited.Only EHOS may arrange for HW transportation and disposal.Recycling of Universal Waste is the responsibility of Henry Kingma in the Physical Plant Grounds department.Report HW spills immediately and follow Calvin’s Emergency Response Plan.Report violations to EHS and or Campus Safety immediately.
3What is Hazardous Waste? Wastes that contain any of the following characteristics:FlammableCorrosiveReactiveToxicPoisonousCarcinogenicRadioactive/mixed wastes
4What is Hazardous Waste? Examples of Hazardous Waste at Calvin:Spent solventsWaste or unused paint, adhesives, etc.Obsolete cleaning productsFull or partially full obsolete aerosol cansScience lab wasteDemolition debris containing asbestos or lead
5What is Hazardous Waste? Examples of Hazardous Waste that can be recycled or handled as Universal Waste:Electric lamps and ballastsBatteriesConsumer electronicsMercury devicesPharmaceuticalsPesticidesUsed motor oilPhoto processing chemicalsAnti freeze
6Hazardous Waste LawsHazardous waste generators (this means you!) must comply with:Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)Resource Conservation & Recovery Act (RCRA)Michigan Department ofEnvironmental Quality (DEQ)Department of Transportation (DOT)
7Storage Requirements Store Hazardous Waste safely in designated areas. Do not store any chemicals or hazardous waste in a fume hood.Cap all hazardous waste when not in use. (Do not leave funnels in waste containers.)
8Waste Labeling Instructions ATTACH label and write information as soon as first waste is added to container. Exception: the accumulation date should not be added until the container is full.Write clearly, in pen or marker.Write COMPLETE NAMES of all contents: no abbreviations or formulas. For example, water should not be labeled H20.
9Satellite Accumulation Points Definition: Areas where hazardous wastes are collected or stored that are not in SB 055:Must be located at or near site of generation (laboratory or shop)Once the container is full, it should be dated and moved to SB 055 within 3 daysWe are allowed to accumulate up to 55 gallons of hazardous waste or 1 quart of acutely hazardous waste at a Satellite Accumulation Point.
103 Golden RulesPROPERLY TAG AND LABEL WASTE AS SOON AS A NEW CONTAINER IS BEGUN.KEEP WASTE CONTAINERS CLOSED WHEN NOT ADDING WASTE TO THEM.STORE LIQUID WASTE CONTAINERS IN SECONDARY CONTAINMENT AT ALL TIMES!
11Most Common Problems: Funnels left in containers Containers left open in fume hoodsUnlabeled or improperly labeled containers
14Hazardous Waste Assistance Science Departmental Lab Managers (Rich Huisman and Lori Keen) are great resources.EHS will assist departments in determining whether or not a material is a Hazardous or Non-hazardous waste.Call EHS to schedule a hazardous waste pick-up or for technical assistance.EHS will assist in training employees who may handle Hazardous Waste.
15Segregation of WasteLiquid waste in science labs should be separated into the following categories:AcidsBasesHalogenated organic solventsNon-halogenated organic solventsTrans. & heavy metals (aqueous solutions of Hg+, Ag+, etc.)Non- haz aqueous solutions (Na2CO3, KHP, etc.)Solid wastes may be combined and collected in a separate, dedicated container.
18Electric Lamp Disposal Correctly stored lampsKeep a cardboard box that new lamps come in to place spent lamps in. Label this box as "Spent Fluorescent Lamps" or “Used Electric Lamps”. Add the date the first bulb goes into the box on the label.If you need an empty box for this purpose you can get one from the Recycling Building. Contact Henry Kingma if you need help with this.Be sure not to stack heavy things on top of the "Spent Fluorescent Lamps" box. Lamps must be protected from being broken.
19Recommended Broken Lamp Handling Practices If a mercury containing lamp breaks, close off the room to other parts of the building.Open a window to disperse any vapor that may escape, and leave the room for at least 15 minutes.Carefully scoop up the fragments with a stiff paper (do not use your hands) and wipe the area with a disposable paper towel to remove all glass fragments.Do not use a vacuum as this disperses the mercury over a wider area.All fragments should be placed in a sealed plastic bag and placed inside a box or pail that is then sealed and labeled.Call Henry Kingma to pick up the container of broken lamps.Broken lamps are not considered “Universal Waste”.Hazardous Waste
20Devices Containing Mercury Thermostats, thermometers, barometers, medical, and scientific devices that contain elemental mercury must be handled as universal waste.The bulbs of mercury must be carefully protected from being broken. Releasing mercury into the environment is a health and environmental hazard.These devices must be padded, contained and labeled. Give them directly to EHS or Henry Kingma.If mercury is spilled contact EHS for cleanup.
21Used Motor OilMotor oil that has been drained from Calvin College owned vehicles is collected and recycled in the Service Building.No PCB oils, cooking oils, solvents, fuels.The containers must have secondary containment that provides squirt protection.Container must be kept closed except when filling or emptying.Containers must be labeled with the words, “Used Oil”.
22Batteries Lead Acid Batteries Dry Cell Batteries Stored on an impervious spill pallet inside the Recycling BuildingContact Doug Kok in Transportation for assistanceDry Cell BatteriesStored in covered, leak proof containers that are labeled with the words, “ Waste Batteries”Contact Henry Kingma in Grounds for assistance
25Watch condition of containers, their contents and their labels
26Make sure chemicals are stored and maintained safely
27Special or “problem” chemicals Peroxidizables: ethers, dioxanes, tetrahydrofuranabsorb & react with O2 to form potentially explosive compounds over time.label w/ date received & openeduse up or dispose by expiration datePicric Acid: explosive when dry, must be kept in solution
28Problem Chemicals...Lecture cylinders must be empty to dispose of as “metal” waste.Toxic gases must be used up or have agreement to return to manufacturer.
29Unknown Chemicals… who wants them?? Ensure that ALL chemicalsare labeled at all times.Be sure to label all containers – even water.Original labels should be intact, chemicals transferred into other containers must be labeled.There is no such thing as an “unknown hazardous waste”.Unknowns chemicals must be identified before disposal by EHS.
31A few general rules for storing & using chemicals Segregate (store separately):REACTIVES from IGNITABLESACIDS from CAUSTICSCORROSIVES from FLAMMABLESStrong OXIDIZERS from EVERYTHINGMost ORGANIC REACTIVES from INORGANIC REACTIVES (metals)
32Prevent Chemical Spills Reduce clutter, eliminatetrip hazards/obstructions.Store chemicals on sturdyshelves, away from edge,on shelves w/ lips.Transport chemicals in secondary containers or in carts with sides.Store big containers close to floor.Transfer chemicals using pumps or other methods rather than pouring.Provide containment/spill pads to capture leaks/spills.
33Emergency Procedures: Spill or Release Response EvacuateEvacuate personnel from the spill area.Shut off electrical equipment as you leave the area.Direct personnel to nearest fire exit. Do not use elevators.Attend to victims.Never enter a chemical spill area where you may place your health in jeopardy. Call x3-3333, Campus Safety, for assistance.Just as you are not to re-enter a burning building, do NOT go back in to an area where a chemical spill has occurred!
34Emergency Procedures: Spill or Release Response First AidRemove victims from spill area to fresh air (but do not endanger your own life by entering areas with toxic gases).Immediately remove contaminated clothing.Flush skin or eyes with running water for 15 minutes.Get medical attention for victims by contacting Campus Safety xCaution: You may not feel any immediate effect from chemical spills, but it is very important to wash quickly and thoroughly as many chemicals can cause severe tissue damage that is not apparent till hours later.
35Emergency Procedures: Spill or Release Response Chemicals spills over large body areasRemove contaminated clothing while under shower.Flush affected body area with lukewarm water for at least 15 minutes.Resume water wash if pain returns.Wash off chemicals with mild detergent and water; do not use neutralizing chemicals, creams, lotions or salves.Get immediate medical help.Make sure medical personnel understand exactly what chemicals are involved.
36Emergency Procedures: Spill or Release Response ConfineClose doors and isolate the area. Prevent people from entering spill area.Establish exhaust ventilation if possible.Vent fumes only to outside of building.Open windows, if possible without exposing yourself to fumes.If vapors or gases are in a room which is not vented to outside of building, close off room.
37Emergency Procedures: Spill or Release Response SecureBlock off entrances to the spill site and prevent people from entering the contaminated area.Post signs on doors leading to the chemical spill warning of the spill.Tape or rope off stairwells and elevators leading to the spill and hang signs on the tape. Floor signs are available in Campus Safety and Biology.When chemical vapors or gases are being spread through a building's air handling system, call Physical Plant, x to have the ventilation system shut off.Post staff by commonly used entrances to the spill site, so they can warn people to use other routes.For large outdoor chemical spills, keep people upwind and uphill from the site.
38Emergency Procedures: Spill or Release Response ReportCall Heather Chapman at EHOS orAlternate: Jennifer Ambrose at orAND callCampus Safety at or (campus phones)Clean UpCalvin College Spill Team members will determine if the Grand Rapids Fire Department Hazmat Team should be contacted for assistance.
39Training Record You have completed this training program. Please request a training verification from EHS:Once you receive the form, fill in your name and department.Sign and date the form.Send it to EHS.Thank you!