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					REHS News
 Ru t g e r s E n v i r o n m e n t a l H e a l t h a n d S a f e t y

Volume 1, Issue 1April 2004
REHS News is a new publication,         audit and disclosure program, mi-
which has been developed to com-        croscaling, REHS website im-
municate Environmental, Health          provements, and our compressed
and Safety (EHS) information to         natural gas vehicle fleet.
the University community. The ar-        Our intent is to provide informa-
ticles will include general informa-    tion, which will promote the growth
tion pertaining to our EHS pro-         of a safe and environmentally con-     In This Issue:
grams and specific examples of          scious culture at our university. If   Stormwater Management
EHS excellence at our university.       you have a suggestion for a future     Surplus Computers & Consumer Electronics
This first issue contains articles      Environmental, Health or Safety        Particularly Hazardous Substances
pertaining to stormwater manage-        article, please feel free to contact
                                                                               Generally Licensed Devices
ment, surplus computers & con-          us through the Safety Suggestion
sumer electronics, particularly haz-    Link on our website at                 Online PI Self-Inspection Program
ardous substances, generally li-                EPA Self Audit and Disclosure
censed devices, the online PI self-     or by contacting us at (732) 445-      Microscaling-Waste Minimization
inspection program, the EPA self        2550.                                  Website Improvements
                                                                               Compressed Natural Gas Vehicles

           Check out all the links to each story by selecting the “Click Here!” buttons or
           go to our website at There’s something for everyone!

Rutgers University – Stormwater Management
            of New Jersey’s recent
A s a resultof the United States En-
                                           completing a detailed mapping sys-
                                           tem of all stormwater inlets, outfalls
                                                                                    website at
    vironmental Protection Agency’s        and receiving water bodies as well as    stormwater/.
(USEPA) Phase II stormwater regula-        preparing and maintaining standard
tions, the University is developing a      operating procedures for activities
program and standard operating pro-        that have a potential to adversely im-
cedures to comply with the rule. The       pact stormwater runoff. These activi-
stormwater program/ permit will ad-        ties include, but are not limited too:
dress pollutants entering our waters            • Vehicle maintenance
from many storm drainage systems                • Vehicle washing
owned or operated by the University.            • Street sweeping
The USEPA and New Jersey Depart-                • Illicit Sewer connections
ment of Environmental Protection (NJ            • Grounds maintenance
DEP) regulations refer to these sys-            • Improvement of existing
tems as "municipal separate storm                   drainage areas.
sewer systems" (MS4s).                     For more information about stormwa-
 Specifically, the University will be      ter management visit the NJDEP
Surplus Computers & Consumer Electronics
    uring routine site visits and in-                 university information.
                                                • Departments must complete a                        store.
D   spections, REHS has noticed
    substantial accumulations of sur-                 Surplus Disposal Request             Please watch both the REHS
    plus computers and CRT’s in vari-                 Form available at:                  (http://rehs.rutgers,edu)
ous locations. These items are a                 and the Material Services websites
safety hazard. Rutgers University is            surplusform.doc.                          (see below) for announcements con-
required by the State of New Jersey                    If a property tag number is        cerning their support of Rutgers Uni-
to be in compliance with regulations                  present on the                                    versity Earth Day, Thurs-
from the New Jersey Department of                     unit, record this                                 day, April 22, 2004.
Environmental Protection (NJDEP) in                   property tag num-                                 A pick up of surplus com-
regards to the proper disposal of sur-                ber on the Surplus                                puters and consumer elec-
plus computers and consumer elec-                     Disposal Request                                  tronics will be scheduled
tronics. These regulations stipulate                  Form and indicate                                 on a one-time basis, at no
that all such items be sent to a New                  if the unit is work-                              charge to University com-
Jersey licensed universal waste                       ing or not.                                       munity.
hauler.                                         • Forward the Surplus                                    If you have questions or
 The following are the procedures for                 Disposal Request                                  comments pertaining to
the disposal of surplus computers and                 Form to Material                                  compliance issues, please
                                                                            CRT’s and other electronic
consumer electronics.                                 Services via fax to equipment must be disposed contact Mark Kelly
 To ensure the proper collection and                  732-445-2018 at-             of properly.         (mkelly@rehs.rutgers.
disposal of these items, simply follow                tention Pete Sher-                                edu.)
the procedures below:                                 galis.
                                                                                          If you have questions pertaining to the
                                                • Material Services will complete
    • Departments contact Material                                                        collection and disposal of these items
                                                      the surplus pick up and dis-
        Services Department at (732)                                                      please contact Chip Leiher
                                                      pose of those units in the
        445-2255 to arrange the pick                  proper fashion.                     (
        up of surplus computers and             • If the surplus computer is in           or visit the Material Services website
        consumer electronics.                         working condition, the unit will at:
    • Departments are responsible for                 be made available for sale in
        cleaning each hard drive of all               the Material Services’ surplus

Par ticular ly Hazardous Substances
                       Standard           well as the
T he OSHA Laboratory employers ments, aswebsite at: substance list,
  [1910.1450] requires          go to our                                               •
                                                                                             formamide are to be conducted
                                                                                             Identify and make available the
     to develop provisions for employ-
ees who work with particularly haz-                                                         “Particularly hazardous
ardous substances, which are defined        Stated briefly, labs must implement
as substances with acute toxicity, car-     control measures to minimize and                substances are defined as
cinogenicity, or reproductive health        prevent exposures to these sub-                 substances with acute
hazards. Prior to 2002, the Rutgers         stances, regardless of the quantity
Chemical Hygiene Guide specified            used. For example, many life science            toxicity, carcinogenicity, or
the criteria used to classify these         laboratories utilize small quantities of        reproductive health hazards.”
health hazards, but did not identify        formaldehyde and/or formamide as
substances that met these criteria. In      reagents in established protocols to
2002, REHS identified 36 substances         conduct research activities. To                  appropriate personal protective
that met these criteria, and in Decem-      achieve compliance with these PHS                equipment [chemical resistant
ber 2003, the Laboratory Safety and         requirements for established research            gloves, lab coat, safety glasses,
Design Committee, which advises,            protocols in the example described               etc.] necessary to protect against
reviews, and approves university pol-       above, supplement the established                accidental eye and skin contact
icy on lab safety issues, approved up-      protocols with the following safety in-     •    Identify, document, and review
dated requirements for laboratories         formation:                                       how lab workers should respond
using any of these substances. For          • Identify the designated area [i.e.,            to small chemical spills or acci-
the full text of the particularly hazard-       the fume hood] where these work              dents with these substances.
ous substance (PHS) work require-               activities using formaldehyde and
Generally Licensed Devices
(Devices containing radioactive materials)
R adioactive materials are used
  throughout the University in the
                                          radiation symbol some-where on the
                                                                                        of generally licensed devices outside
                                                                                                     the university by an indi-
     areas of research, construction       Liquid scintillation count-                               vidual. REHS can help
and safety. Some radiation sources        ers, self-luminous exit                                    arrange the transfer for
can be sold to you directly without a     signs, electron capture                                    you through the manufac-
specific license from the Nuclear         detectors on gas chro-                                     turer and will make sure
Regulatory Commission (NRC) be-           matographs, lead paint                                     that the NRC is notified
cause of the inherent safety of the       analyzers and XRF (X-ray                                   and the regulations are
source design. These devices are          Fluorescence) devices all                                  followed for you.
called “generally licensed”; and there    contain radioactive                                         Contact REHS for in-
are very specific requirements regard-    sources and all are con-                                   structions if you locate or
ing their transfer and disposal. A gen-   sidered “generally li-       This label must be posted on possess a device that
erally licensed device will have the      censed.” NRC regula-         each generally licensed de- may contain a radioactive
words "radioactive material" or the       tions prohibit the transfer              vice.             source.

Univ. Launches Online PI Self-Inspection Program

A s part of our agreement with the
  US EPA, we must implement
                                                                                        “This program was created to
     mechanisms to prevent reoccur-       The online version allows PI’s to per-        encourage compliance with
rence of violations. One such mecha-      form a web-based audit, where each            Environmental, Health and
nism is the Principal Investigator (PI)   Principal Investigator or designee can
Quarterly Self-Inspection program.        add, edit and print all saved inspec-         Safety requirements.”
This program, which has been devel-       tions. REHS will maintain the elec-
oped by the University Laboratory         tronic database and will be able to         inspection checklist in his/her labora-
Safety Committee and REHS, was            provide summary information to              tory and forward copies to his/her de-
created to encourage compliance with      deans and department chairs.                partment chair.
EHS requirements. The checklist is         PI’s who do not wish to perform the         To register for the online inspection
designed to address EHS issues and        Online Self-Inspection may use the          program or if you require additional
ensure a safe workplace for labora-       paper version available as a PDF on         information please feel free to contact
tory researchers.                         our website. Any Principal Investiga-       David Fernandez via email at:
 REHS provides an online version of       tor not using the online laboratory
the inspection form, with detailed in-    self-inspection checklist must main-
structions, on our website at:            tain paper copies of the self-

EPA Self Audit and Disclosure
T he final self-disclosuretoaudit re-
  ports were submitted the
                                          protect the environment, the Rutgers
                                          community, and the surrounding com-
                                                                                      award has been presented to Michael
                                                                                      Quinlan for demonstrating an out-
     United States Environmental Pro-     munities. Rutgers has continued to          standing commitment to protecting
tection Agency (USEPA) in 2003.           promote Environmental Excellence by         and enhancing environmental quality.
The University community has con-         completing the various ongoing com-         It is important for us to recognize that
tributed tremendously to this effort      mitments made to the EPA. These             we were the first University to enter
and this certainly could not have been    commitments include the develop-            into a self-disclosure agreement with
accomplished without everyone’s sup-      ment and implementation of policies/        the EPA and we have an obligation to
port. REHS appreciates all the effort     procedures, training programs and           continue to demonstrate environ-
and assistance we received from the       auditing programs.                          mental stewardship. To learn more
University faculty and staff.              Last year, Rutgers had received the        about the University’s agreement visit
 This may appear to be the end of a       2002 Environmental Quality Award            our website at:
large project, but we see it as the be-   from the United States Environmental
ginning of an ongoing commitment to       Protection Agency. This prestigious
                                                                                                      • Safety concerns were
M icroscaling is athat canminimiza-
  tion technique           be util-
                                             partment to convert the entire
                                             311 Organic Chemistry                                    addressed by eliminating the
      ized effectively in various labo-      course to use microscaling in                            use of nitric acid in certain
ratories. The Rutgers Chemistry De-          the 2001 fall semester.                                  experiments and the elimina-
partment has demonstrated environ-            The following benefits to the                           tion of using bunsen burners.
mental leadership by utilized this           University were realized as a                            • REHS encourages all
technique. The concept is to use             result of this microscaling:                             laboratories to develop waste
smaller amounts of chemicals initially       • Reduction in the cost of                               minimization techniques,
which will result in smaller amounts             purchasing chemicals /                               which will reduce their haz-
of hazardous waste being generated.              supplies per experiment                              ardous waste generation re-
In addition, less toxic materials are            ranged from $350.00 to                                  sulting in lower costs for
used which adds a safety benefit as              $600.00.                                                waste disposal. REHS is
                                                                             Using smaller amounts of
well.                                        • Organic solvent waste chemicals initially will result available to discuss waste
 Under the direction of Dr. Geeta Go-            was reduced up to 325 in smaller amounts of haz- minimization techniques,
vindarajoo and Dr. Patrick O’Connor,             gallons per semester.      ardous waste being gener- please contact us at (732)
both faculty members in the Chemis-              The cost savings asso-                                  445-2550
try Department, a microscaling pilot             ciated with this waste is approxi-
program began during the 2000 fall               mately $1,000.00 per semester,
semester. The success of the pilot               which includes handling and dis-
program allowed the Chemistry de-                posal of this waste.

Website Improvements
       e significantly improved our          information), access PDF policies,              has information regarding safety pro-
W      website to provide greater ser-       forms, and procedures, request ser-             grams, waste management, and en-
       vice to the University commu-         vices, and access MSDS sites are now            vironmental programs.
nity. The ability to take on-line train-     available on our website.                       Got to:
ing sessions (radiation safety, x-ray,        Dining, Housing and Maintenance      
and laboratory chemical hygiene/             staff, Art and Theater personnel, Farm          and check out all the great informa-
RTK/SAA), access databases (PI               and Research personnel, Office per-             tion.
self-inspection program, REHS labo-          sonnel, and Students are all now rep-
ratory audit information, authoree           resented on the website. Each group

Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) Vehicles:
E arly in 2003,intro-
  program to
                                                                 ducing our depend-
                                                                 ence on foreign fuel
                                                                                            and two pickup trucks, used by Hous-
                                                                                            ing, Dinning and Facilities Mainte-
      duce Com-                                                  supplies and costs         nance Departments. As an incentive
pressed Natural Gas                                              about 20% less than        to encourage the use of CNG vehi-
(CNG) vehicles, into                                             gasoline. Initially this   cles, the N.J. Board of Public Utilities
the campus fleet was                                             program began with a       (NJBPU) has instituted a rebate pro-
initiated. CNG Vehi-                                             small filling station      gram for purchasers of CNG vehicles
cles produce less                                                and the purchase of        and fueling equipment. Under this
than 10 % of the          Natural gas vehicle being fueled at    four CNG Vehicles,         program Rutgers has already re-
emissions of a con-               small filling station.         two for REHS and           ceived $16,000 and has qualified to
ventional gasoline                                               two for The Parking        receive an additional $40,000 in re-
fueled vehicle, which is even less             and Transportation Department.               bates. For additional information,
emissions than the new breed of                Soon the Facilities Maintenance De-          please contact Rich Bankowski of
“hybrid cars”. Since Natural gas is a          partment and REHS will be installing         REHS at
domestically produced fuel, CNG cars an additional fueling station and the        
help support our National goal of re-          fleet will include six additional cars