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A&S Hazardous Waste Training Quiz
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1. Which federal agency is specifically responsible for hazardous waste regulations?
    a. EPA (Environmental Protection Agency).
      b. FDA (Foods and Drugs Administration).
      c. OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration).
      d. NRC (Nuclear Regulatory Commission).
      e. CPSC (Consumer Products Safety Commission).

2. Which of these agencies and departments is/are responsible for enforcing hazardous waste
   regulations on the K-State campus?
      a. EPA (Environmental Protection Agency).
      b. KDHE (Kansas Department of Health and Environment).
      c. KSU Division of Public safety.
      d. KSU Department of Environmental Health and Safety.
     e. All of the above.

3. Hazardous waste is a solid waste that has hazardous characteristics or it is listed as a hazardous
   waste in the RCRA regulation.
    a. True
      b. False

4. What is not part of the 4 characteristics of hazardous waste defined by the RCRA?
     a. Ignitable.
    b. Sharp (or pathogenic as an alternate)
     c. Reactive.
     d. Corrosive.
     e. Toxic.

5. Unstable chemicals that, under certain conditions, may spontaneously and violently generate gas
   in the presence of air or water are specifically defined as:
        a. Ignitable.
        b. Explosive.
     c. Reactive.
        d. Toxic.
        e. Corrosive.

6. Chemicals that become hazardous waste when discarded are not necessarily dangerous
     a. True
      b. False

7. Silver is commonly found in photo fixer due to the photographic process of developing film. This is
   a common process in many research laboratories. It is easily recycled and the Department of
   Environmental Health & Safety encourages recycling of this waste. If you don’t feel like recycling
   though, you can simply discard it down the sink drain.
       a. True
     b. False

8. A waste may not have any of the four hazardous characteristics, but may still be considered a
   hazardous waste if it is listed on one of the four RCRA lists.
    a. True
      b. False

9. Based on the annual amount of hazardous waste produced, K-State’s main campus is categorized
       a. Kansas generator.
       b. Very small quantity generator.
     c. EPA generator.
       d. Small quantity generator.
       e. International generator.

10. Not marking the words “hazardous waste” on a waste container is not very serious, therefore if
    you forget once and a KDHE inspector finds the error, you will be let off with a warning.
       a. True
      b. False

11. Identifying the chemical in a container, whether waste or not, is only intended to prevent an injury
    to someone who shouldn’t be in the lab anyway. If you know what is in the container is all that is
        a. True
      b. False

12. What is K-State’s Dept. of EH&S specifically allowed to do about hazardous wastes?
      a. K-State has an EPA permit to transport hazardous waste on public roads off campus.
     b. K-State has a 90-day storage facility and must contract hazardous waste shipment
      c. K-State has an EPA permit to treat hazardous waste on campus.
      d. K-State has an EPA permit to store hazardous waste for 10 years on campus.
      e. K-State has an EPA permit to burry hazardous waste in a landfill on campus.

13. What is not required to appear on the label of a hazardous waste storage container?
      a. Hazardous waste.
      b. Full name of chemical or specific waste type.
     c. Name of principal investigator or laboratory/workshop supervisor (or building & room
          number as an alternate)
      d. Date when full.
      e. Date of first waste addition

14. How long can you keep a full hazardous waste storage container before it must be removed by
    staff from the Dept. of EH&S?
      a. 3 days.
        b. 1 week.
        c. 1 month.
        d. 3 months.
        e. 1 year.

15. How many different types of chemicals or wastes can you collect together in a single hazardous
    waste container?
     a. 1.
       b. 2.
       c. 3.
       d. 10.
       e. There is no limit on the number of waste streams that can be stored per container.

16. What is defined by “secondary containment” or “secondary container” for hazardous waste?
      a. Two identical storage waste containers located in the same room.
      b. Two identical storage waste containers located in different rooms of the same laboratory or
      c. Two identical storage waste containers located near the point of waste generation.
      d. Two identical storage waste containers with different dates on their labels.
     e. A storage waste container placed in a larger tray or pan to catch potential spills or leaks.

17. Which of these recyclable items does not have the specific characteristics that define hazardous
    waste, but are still disposed of by K-State’s Dept. of EH&S?
       a. Batteries.
       b. PCB ballasts.
       c. Mercury.
     d. Used oils.
       e. Pesticides.

18. What can be safely discarded in the trash?
      a. Gas cylinders
      b. Old paints.
     c. Empty aerosol cans.
      d. Fluorescent and HID lamps.
      e. Waste silver solutions.

19. Which of the following is not a good pollution prevention practice?
       a. Substitute chemicals with less hazardous materials when possible.
       b. Do not mix non-hazardous waste with hazardous waste if it can be avoided.
       c. Recycle or reuse chemicals whenever possible.
     d. Purchase chemicals in large quantities.
       e. Use microscale techniques to reduce the quantity of waste.

20. In case of spills, the following procedures should be followed:
        a. Restrict access to the immediate area.
        b. Follow department protocol for small spills.
        c. Report the spill to Public Safety (911) immediately.
        d. a and b only.
      e. a, b and c.

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