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SUB-PROBLEMS INCLUDING LEADING TO IMPAIRMENT AND BEST PRACTICES FOR SCHOOL HAZARDOUS WASTE MANAGEMENT

School hazardous wastes consist of the previous items plus materials found in laboratories, shops, etc. Laboratory chemicals include acids, bases, solvents, metals, etc. Industrial Arts shops use a variety of chemicals but especially degreasers and other solvents. Art classes use paints, solvents, rags which have paints and solvents on them, and paper which may become the source of a rapidly moving fire. Maintenance departments use pesticides, fertilizers, deicers, cleaning and sanitizing chemicals, paints, oils, oven cleaners, and various types of fuels, and equipment which may contain mercury or other chemicals. The infirmary may contain a variety of cleaning and sanitizing chemicals, alcohol, and human infectious materials.

Best Practices in Collection, Storage, and Disposal of School Hazardous Waste

  • • Establish a team of individuals representing all areas in which hazardous materials are being used and hazardous waste is generated. Put at the top of the team an administrator who has the authority to cross all departmental lines to get problems investigated and resolved.
  • • Conduct a survey of the entire campus to determine the types and quantity of hazardous materials being used and hazardous waste being generated, how it is used and stored, and techniques of disposal.
  • • Develop a plan of action to reduce hazardous materials use and reduce and mitigate problems of hazardous waste use, storage, and disposal.
  • • Evaluate all purchasing orders to make sure that large quantities of hazardous materials are not being ordered, that there are adequate quantities on hand for needs, and that the supply system will furnish the school with emergency supplies when needed.
  • • Periodically inventory all hazardous materials to make sure that the first one in is the first one used and that there are not any oversupplies or undersupplies.
  • • Periodically inspect all hazardous materials waste disposal storage areas for cleanliness, orderliness, and incompatible chemicals kept away from each other, etc.
  • • Establish appropriate training programs and periodic continuing education programs for all individuals involved in the use, storage, and disposal of hazardous materials and hazardous waste.
  • • Establish a hazard communications plan and system to immediately report any spills or other problems involved with the use, storage, and disposal of hazardous materials and hazardous waste.
  • • Create a well-trained emergency response and spill clean-up team to go into action as soon as an event occurs.
  • • All individuals must wear appropriate personal protective equipment.
 
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