Hazardous Materials and Incident Response Earth and Environmental Science II Lab 8
What Are Hazardous Materials? Materials considered dangerous to people or to the environment. Examples: - anthrax spores - plutonium - potassium cyanide Also - household items such as cleaners - solvents/fuels Any toxic, infectious or damaging substances or organisms to people or the environment.
Regulation of Hazardous Materials Any corporation or entity involved in the use, sale, or manufacturing of hazardous materials bears responsibility from creation to disposal. This would not be proper disposal
Regulation of Hazardous Materials Any corporation or entity involved in the use, sale, or manufacturing of hazardous materials bear responsibility from creation to disposal. This would not be proper disposal Any incident is the responsibility of the owner of the materials.
Incident Response During the 1980s and 90s, an average of 60,000 incidents occurred/year, resulting in 2,565 deaths and 22,949 injuries. Dealing with incidents
Incident Response (lab manual) 1. Secure Site 2. Abatement 3. Recovery 4. Remediation 5. Report 6. Closure Overview VideoOverview Video (click) Local Examples (courtesy of W.E.L.)
Today’s Incident 1.Lynchburg College is anticipating an outgoing shipment of Glacial Acetic Acid from the Art Department. Review the information sheet provided in class and on the lab web page for the known hazards associated with this substance. 2.We have been asked as a class to oversee this shipment and to respond in the event of a spill. We don’t anticipate any problems but we must be prepared. 3.In the event of a problem, response materials are located in the greenhouse. Your instructor will show you the location of the materials. 4.In the event you are required to respond, follow the procedures discussed in lab. Take good notes on what is going on in your surroundings. 5.Complete your incident report.
Today’s Incident 4 Teams 1.Security Team – responsible for blocking off site to bystanders (security vests, police tape) 2.Intelligence Team – responsible for assessing impacts surrounding site: explore on foot and use map, and interviewing witnesses (map, paperwork) 3.Abatement and Containment Team – responsible for making immediate site environmentally safe (berms, absorbent pads) 4.Recovery and Remediation Team – responsible for recovering and disposing hazardous materials (suits, gloves, goggles, masks, duct tape)
Change in Plans! A spill has actually occurred! We are now the first responders and will be responsible for ensuring the safety of the public and the environment. Let’s do it!