Where are we now?
- The Chemical and Biological Safety Plan for the Sciences and Social Sciences provides detailed written procedures for handling and disposing of hazardous waste
- Our Hazardous Waste Procedures worksheet also detail how we comply with the New Hampshire Hazardous Waste Rules and the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA).
- The Integrated Contingency Plan provides detailed emergency response procedures in the event of a spill of oil or hazardous materials
- Weekly inspection of Hazardous waste storage areas.
- Mandatory training every three years for all personnel who handle hazardous chemicals.
- Hazardous waste coordinator attends mandatory 8 hour annual training to comply with New Hampshire Hazardous Waste Rules.
- Secondary containment bins used to store all hazardous liquids and liquid wastes.
- Detailed tracking of all hazardous waste disposal activities.
- Use of a full service licensed hazardous waste disposal contractor to dispose of approximately 2 tons of hazardous waste per year.
- Regularly scheduled pickups are planned at the end of each semester.
Where do we want to be?
- Maintain good housekeeping
- Clearly mark the contents of all chemical containers
- Substitute less hazardous chemicals whenever possible
- Reduce the scale of processes so that less waste is generated
- Include waste minimization when planning experiments or demonstration
- Limit the amount of chemicals purchased to what can be used within six months-It is easier to order additional chemicals than to dispose of unwanted or unused surplus chemicals
- Role model good behaviors for students
How do we get there?
- Train all students, faculty and staff who handle hazardous chemicals
- Encourage all chemical users to reduce, re-use, recycle!
- Dispose of all unwanted chemicals properly, especially chemicals with expiration dates
- Assure that outdated hazardous waste disposal methods are not used. Examples include: evaporation, sewer or regular trash disposal.
- Examine all wastes generated and ask if they could be minimized and how
- Keep an up-to-date inventory of all hazardous materials
- Sharing of unwanted chemicals with colleagues when possible