Presentation on theme: "2001 School Chemical Removal WVDEP Division of Waste Management."— Presentation transcript:
2001 School Chemical Removal WVDEP Division of Waste Management
Known Statistics Approximately 80% of all aging and unwanted chemicals were located and picked up. 86% of those had potential to cause serious health effects. 109 actual pick up sites Average disposal cost per site = $1,843.83 Most expensive = $13,685.00 Least expensive = $112.50
Steps to Getting It Done: CHEMIS training through RESA Locate and identify unwanted chemicals Search for funding Final contract with disposal company Physical pick up of chemicals
When notified in advance, some instructors placed the chemicals on lab tables for easy access.
Some had sorted the chemicals into family groups.
Some counties and schools randomly boxed up various chemicals and stacked them in warehouses.
Gaining access to some of the containers was difficult at times.
Procrastination Does Not Pay: Poor storage and random packaging extended chemical location and identification by one year Extended time worked per site by up to two additional days each
Other Nasty Snags… Archaic chemical names Improper labeling Incompatibles packed together Shortage of supplies
Technical Problems S olved... …include cleanup of potentially dangerous situations like this one, and frees up space.
What It Cost The disposal expense for this project is estimated at $225,000 to $250,000 This is disposal cost only Actual cost cannot be estimated At least 14 different agencies, companies and associations All 55 counties participated Over 200 schools Thousands of personnel hours
Objective Making your routine storage and handling of lab chemicals as safe as possible.
Today’s Situation: Aging and unused hazardous chemicals which posed safety hazards have been removed. Some lab storage areas are still unsafe due to poor storage and handling methods.
How Did We Get Here? Abundance of Chemicals Over-estimated necessary quantities Better prices for ordering in bulk Manufacturers or other businesses donated their excess or “exotic” chemicals No regular stockroom inventory Poor labeling or no labeling
“Frequently used chemicals should be ordered in bulk.” “Ordering in bulk is the best deal for the money.” “Accept any donated chemicals…” “Labs will always do the same experiments and demonstrations…” “I’ll remember what I put in that jar.” Common Misconceptions:
Acquisition Recommendations Order the smallest quantity possible for each chemical No discounts, but final cost is less Never accept “left-over” or “donated” chemicals There’s no guarantee of its purity If you don’t normally use it, you probably don’t need it Experiments and instructors can and do change Textbooks, manuals & procedures change A new instructor may not follow your teaching plan Labels are for everyone’s information
Recommended Safety Practices Examine your currently available storage space.
Future Cost Minimization Things to consider: annual chemical disposal budget annual chemical pick up and disposal chemical hygiene officer chemical usage review for science labs sign off sheet for extra-cost items
Goals Make yours an “active” project: Aim for removal of hazardous or excess chemicals Assure no future accumulation of excess or hazardous chemicals Assure all personnel are adequately trained in proper safety procedures
Resources Use all available resources in ways which keep costs to a minimum.
Remember: L -- Label everything clearly A -- Appropriate containers in good condition B -- Be neat and orderly S -- Store only what you will use A -- Always wear protective clothing F -- Food allowed in eating areas only E -- Everything in its place on a shelf T -- Time to inventory & organize Y -- Your safety is important