Hazardous Chemical Management Training University of Colorado at Boulder Environmental Health & Safety Http://ehs.colorado.edu 303-492-6025 email@example.com
Why am I here?! 1) Someone said I had to be here… 2) I work with potentially hazardous materials… 3) I could potentially generate hazardous waste… 4) I live for the University and desperately want to protect its assets and investments…
Resource Conservation Recovery Act Passed by Congress in 1976
The Answer… • If you produce a waste that is hazardous by definition or characteristic… you are a generator! • If you’re a generator you must have ANNUAL training, and so does your supervisor!
But What is Hazardous Waste?! • By Regulations • Corrosive • Toxic • Ignitable • Listed • In Reality… • Buffers, Solvents, Salts, O-My..! • If in doubt ask Haz-Waste Management Group
Lab Safety • Aisle Obstructions & Clutter • Electrical cords, Clutter, Backpacks! • Food In the Lab?! • Secure Gas Cylinders • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) • Limit Quantity's of Hazardous Waste
PPE • PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) • NO SHORTS OR SANDALS! • NO GLOVES OUTSIDE OF LAB!
Hazard Communication • Product Labels • NFPA Signage • MSDS’s Quick Look at hazards Inside!
NFPA Signage What does the white section mean?
Material Safety Data SheetsInfo on Hazards, Handling & Emergencies Designed For Industry • MSDS • Sections • Chemical Id (Name & synonyms) • Toxicity (How the Chemical can harm you) • Physical Characteristics (Physical state: Gas, Liquid, Solid) • Reactivity (Other chemicals that it may react with) • Fire, Spill, First Aid (How to handle chemicals in these situations) • Availability • Supplier • EH&S Data Bases
Also helpful… • Know Location of: • Fire Extinguishers • Alarm Stations • Eyewashes/Showers • Exits • MSDSs • Spill Equipment
Spills & Leaks Incidental Spill Vs. Spill Response
Incidental Spill • Spill is small in nature • Quickly locate spill cleanup materials • Isolate and clean up the spill incorporating proper protection (PPE) • Dispose of waste properly!
Emergency Spill Scenario A one gallon container of Phenol broke and has released onto the floor of you lab. Some has splashed on one of your co-workers arms and clothes. What do you do now?!
Emergency Spill Response • Life Safety First • Evacuate Immediate Area • Pull Fire Alarm • Execute 911 call from Safe Location • Remain Available for Emergency Personnel
Chemistry Building Lab Fire A bottle of flammable liquid broke inside the hood next to a hot plate. Portable fire extinguishers were ineffective. Other improperly stored chemicals ignited, adding more fuel to the fire…
Fires • Is there such a thing as a small (unintentional) fire? • Follow Emergency Spill Response Procedure • LEPER • Attempt to extinguish the fire if you’re comfortable doing so AND the Fire Department is on its way
Waste Time! • We have covered… • Lab safety • Spill Response • Fire What do you do with the waste you have generated?!
Waste • No Hazardous Chemicals down Drains or in the Trash!
SAA Summary • Waste Containers Labeled AND Written Words “Hazardous Waste” • Container closed and not leaking or bulging • Separate to Prevent Incompatibility… • In Secondary Containment • Less than 55 Gal. • Not a P-Listed Waste
What‘s Wrong Here? • No Haz-Waste Label • Open Containers • No Secondary Containment • Not In SAA
Hazardous Waste Tag • Fill Out Completely!! • Full Chemical Names in English • Percent Total = 100% • Includes Solvent (H2O) • Submit Top Copy to EH&S (UCB-413)
Haz-Waste Crew’s Wish List: • 1. Please write Legible! • 2. Keep Mercury Separate! • 3. Multiple containers of same waste = one tag! • 4. Physical State of Chemical ANDpH! • Liquid • Solid • 5. Been waiting 2 weeks? Call 303-492-7845 • 6. Peace on earth and lots of money NOT LIIKE THIS!!
Radioactive Material • Contact Health Physics • 303-492-6523 • Special Training, License • Mixed Waste - WATCH OUT! Mixed Chemicals and Rad are… VERY!... VERY!…. VERY!… BAD!!!
Bio waste • All biologically contaminated materials Must Be Rendered Non-Infections • Bleach • Autoclave • Autoclaved Material Should Be Placed in Bins for Pickup…
Empty Containers & Broken Glass • Is it P-Listed?! • No free flowing liquid • Rinse toxic containers • Must Cross out hazard warnings! • Must Write “Empty” • Container may be trash disposed *Lab glass is not allowed in campus recycling*
Sharps • Bio-Medically Appearing… • Contaminated… • Scalpel, Syringe, Needle = Haz Waste • Chem Contaminated + Anything = Haz Waste • All metal sharps (razor blades) = Haz Waste • Not Contaminated… • Clean = Custodian Safe Container • Label “Non Haz”
Things You should know now… • We have covered… • Lab safety • Spill Response • Fire • SAA/Waste • Glass/Containers/Sharps
Generator Responsibilities! • Annual Training • Collect Waste properly • Proper Storage of Waste • Emergency Procedures • Complete Information on Haz-Waste Tags • Up-to-date Chemical Inventory • Up-to-date MSDS Catalog • Lab Safety & General Housekeeping