RCRA/Hazwoper Awareness

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					Hazard Communication And
Your Right - To - Know

                   Presented by:

                 Francois D. Song, Ph.D.
Course Overview

It’s Your Right to know!
Regulation and Policy
Waste Management
Spills/ Emergencies
Pollution Prevention
Regulation and Policy

What can happen
   if you’re not
 in compliance?
   Fines
  Jail Time
Regulation and Policy
[Georgia Southern [
 University is
 committed to       Comply with regulations
 protecting the
 environment and
                    Minimize impact to
  health of the         environment and
  community ]           community
                      Continually reduce impacts
  Applicable           through pollution prevention
  Pollution          Educate and train on
   Prevention           programs and procedures
   Objectives         Monitor performance]
   Improvement of
Regulation and Policy
Deficiency                   Warning Memo
     [Poor housekeeping in        [Research Funds in
      Shops                         jeopardy]
Notification            Actions
  [Department Chair and  – [Examples:
      Legal Counsel]
                                      Correction, with costs
                                         assessed to department
                                         or college
                                        Closure of Shop
Shop Waste Management


 Define waste
 Discuss proper management of
  different types of waste
Laboratory HazMat Management

       What is
     HazMat         ?
HazMat Is
What will hurt you when something goes
Laboratory Chemicals (Acids, Bases,
 Alcohols, etc.)

Cleaning solvents (Bleach, Sprays)

Household Products (Hair Sprays)

Generated hazardous waste
Hazardous Waste Identification

   Wastes are
                     Corrosive
  hazardous if       Ignitable
   they exhibit
  one or more        Reactive
 of the following
 characteristics:    Toxic
                       or if
                     Listed
How Do I Know?
 Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS)
   – provides information on:
     – safe handling and disposal
     – physical properties and hazards
     – safe storage
   – internet references
     – www.hazard.com
     – www.msdssearch.com
     – many more on page 18 of guidebook
   – Call ESS Department at 486-7161 for more
   – Call manufacturer or supplier of product
Waste Characterization

 Checklist in Guidebook (RCRA)3
 Mixed waste?
 Specific hazardous wastes?
 Radioactive Waste?
 Additional Questions?
  – Call EES @486-7161
Container Management
Containers should be:
 – Compatible with waste
 – Clean
 – Sturdy, leak proof
 – Closed, tight-fitting cap
 – Appropriate size
 – Under control of person
     producing waste
   – Labeled with hazardous
     waste label
Hazardous Waste Labeling
  –   Identify hazardous waste
  –   List all components and
      their percentages
  –   Identify hazard properties
  –   Name, location, and
      phone number of person
      responsible for waste
  –   Remove other
      extraneous labels
Hazardous Waste Accumulation Area

Located in Shop         Only one container of
Mark area clearly        each hazardous waste
Proper containers and   Maximum storage:
 labels                    – 55 gallons
Segregate incompatibles   – 1 quart acutely
Secondary containment       hazardous
 for liquid containers   Post emergency
Spill kit                information
Pick-up and Disposal

[ESS is responsible
 for retrieval, transport
 and disposal
When full, arrange         Container must be
 for immediate               properly labeled
 removal                    Pick-up must be
Call the Safety             supervised by a
 Department at 486-          knowledgeable user
Chemical Clean-Out
Chemical Clean-Out

Inventory all unwanted chemicals
Fill out “Laboratory Clean-out Form”
Mail or call Safety
ESS will collaborate with you
Biological Waste Management

  – biohazardous
  – infectious
  – pathological
  – “sharps”
Biomedical Waste Packaging
Double-lined red    Label with college
  biohazard bags        label obtained from
In rigid containers    Coordinating Dept
Within weight limits Close container and
Double tape bags      triple tape seams
 when full            Notify ESS @ 486-

         Good practice: Autoclave
            infectious waste
Pharmaceutical Waste Management

 What is pharmaceutical
 Separate from     regular
 Label
 Call the Safety
   Department at 486-7161
   for disposal
Chemical Spill / Emergency Response

       What would you do
     in the event of a spill?
Chemical Spill / Emergency Response

   Assess hazards and                Contain or limit the spill if it
    dangers — if unknown,              is very small
    assume the worst and              Call 486-7161for ESS
    evacuate                           personnel to clean-up spill
   Call 9911                          and provide medical

   Wait to Assist Public Safety      Notify Supervisor
    and ESS Responders                Complete and Accident
Pollution Prevention
 EPA’s Pollution Prevention Hierarchy
       Source Elimination and Reduction

             Recycling and Reuse


Pollution Prevention Strategy

 Reduced scale
   – “micro scale” experiments
 Reduced toxicity/chemical substitution
 Reuse & recovery of lab chemicals
   – lab experiments that produce a less
     toxic/hazardous substance
 Computer modeling & simulations
   – demo experiments vs. chemical usage
Where to Get Help
  To get help, or to learn more:

  Call the Safety Department at 486-7161
  List of environmental resources in
    – The Web

    It’s your responsibility!

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