Environmental Management System (EMS) Annual Refresher Training
What is an EMS? • A framework that allows an organization to address the effects its operations may have on the environment. • Key EMS concepts: • Pollution prevention (P2) • Compliance with environmental laws and regs • Continual improvement
Plan Planning, identifying environmental aspects and establishing goals Do Implementing, includes training and operational controls Check Checking, includes monitoring and corrective action Act Reviewing, includes progress reviews and acting to make needed changes EMS: The Continuous Cycle
Tifton EMS Policy • The ARS Tifton Environmental Policy describes our approach to environmental management. Personnel should understand that the EMS Policy: • Applies to ALL • Commits to environmental compliance • Commits to pollution prevention • Commits to continual improvement • Is available on the EMS website
Sounds nice, but WHY? • Required by Executive Order 13148 • USDA ARS policy • Also, there are benefits… • Improve environmental awareness • Reduce environmental impacts • Resource savings: natural and monetary • Meet regulatory compliance • Better community image • Better communication about environmental issues
How do we get started? • Identify our Activities: What we do every day • Identify the Environmental Aspects (Cause): Elements of the Activities that can interact with the environment • Identify the Environmental Impacts (Effect): Environmental changes that result from our Activities • Make improvements.
Purchase and Use of Hazardous Chemicals Use of Radioactive Chemicals Wastewater discharges Generation of hazardous waste Possible release and cost for cleanup Water treatment plant from sinks or floor drains LaboratoryAspectsImpacts
Facility OperationsAspects Impacts • Ozone depletion • Depletion of natural resources and land contamination • Generation of used oil, tires, batteries, antifreeze, air emissions • Temperature control of buildings • Custodial Operations (use of cleaning products, paper, water, energy) • Vehicle Operations
Application of Agricultural Pesticides Field Plot Maintenance Use of water (irrigation) Generation of hazardous or universal waste Potential contamination of land, water, or air Depletion of natural resources FieldAspects Impacts
Use of Electronic Equipment Generation of recyclable waste (paper, batteries, toner cartridges) Generation of electronic waste Use of electric energy OfficeAspects Impacts
Tifton’s Significant Environmental Aspects • Priority Chemical Reduction • Purchasing of Hazardous Chemicals • Use of Hazardous Chemicals • Application of Hazardous Chemicals • Office Products/Paper Consumption • Use of Electronic Equipment • Generation of Waste (Hazardous, Solid, Universal) • Building Temperature Control • Grounds and Custodial Operations • Motor Vehicle Operations
Our Objectives and Targets • Full Compliance with Regulations • Reduce Waste Streams • Hazardous, Solid, and Universal • Reduce Energy Consumption • Recycle • Green Purchasing • Pollution Prevention
E.O. 13148 TARGETS • 40% reduction in release and off-site transfers of toxic chemicals by Dec. 31, 2006 • 50% reduction of priority chemicals by Dec. 31, 2006 (extended) • Mercury, Cadmium, Lead, Napthalene, and PCB’s • Reduction in ozone depleting substances – • Phase out Class I ODS by Dec. 31, 2010 • Phase out Class II ODS by Dec. 31, 2015
What you can do… • Recycle!Batteries, boxes, paper, cans…. • Reuse!Boxes, paper, petri dishes, pots…. • Reduce!Water, chemicals, electronic vs. paper… • Turn off lights, turn down thermostats • Use timers, power-save, standby • Purchasing – think GREEN! • Do YOU perform your job in a manner that minimizes environmental impacts?
RECYCLING • ARS Tifton IS a recycling facility. • We recycle our…. • Office Products • Plastics • Glassware • Steel, Tin, or Aluminum cans • All Batteries • Electronic Equipment • Cardboard
Recycling - Office Products Almost any paper product that can be easily torn can be recycled!! • Examples: Newspapers, catalogs, files, copy paper, colored paper, binder dividers, letterhead, forms, invoices, envelopes, index cards, phone books, post-it notes, shredded paper, construction paper, wrapping paper, paper with labels attached, packing paper, and much more. Each program/lab is responsible for deciding how best to collect their recyclables. Paper recycling bins are available, at no charge, for your building or office. Contact Tom Maze at 386-3496.
Recycling – Glass and Plastic Any glass or plastic product that can be easily rinsed can be recycled!! All colors of glass and any type of plastic are OK!! • Examples: Glass solvent bottles, broken beakers and flasks, plastic jugs and tubs, drink bottles, etc. Each program/lab is responsible for deciding how best to collect their recyclables. Collection sites have been established for each Unit. Pickups are done on an as needed basis.
Recycling - Lab Glass/Plastic KEEP GLASS AND PLASTIC SEPARATE All lab glassware and plastic must be TRIPLErinsed before recycling. The rinse waste created from particularly hazardous chemicals/solvents should be collected as hazardous waste. These may include but are not limited to methylene chloride, chloroform, phenol, ether, etc. Most acid, base, salt, and alcohol rinses can go down the drain after proper neutralization. Use common sense or when in doubt - ASK SOMEONE!! Each program/lab is responsible for deciding how best to collect their recyclables. Broken glass containers can easily be converted to recycling containers.
Hazardous Waste • A waste with properties that make it dangerous, or capable of having a harmful effect on human health and the environment. • Many of our labs produce hazardous wastes in their daily activities. Please continue to follow proper collection and disposal techniques. • Know what you are working with and dispose of it properly!
Universal Waste • Universal waste regulations streamline collection requirements for certain hazardous wastes into the following categories: * Batteries - Lead acid but we collect ALL types * Pesticides - Collect then dispose of through Georgia Clean Day * Mercury-Containing Thermostats * Lamps – All except tungsten (i.e. halogen, neon, fluorescent)
eCycling – Recycling Electronics Do you know what to do with old computers, copiers, scientific equipment, televisions, etc? e-CYCLE IT!!! Items that can be e-cycled:Computers, hard-drives, keyboards, printers, televisions, VCR/DVD players, cell phones, telephones, radios, pagers, digital equipment, scanners, copiers, scientific equipment, and much, much more……. DO Save old, broken, or unused electronic equipment for recycling! DON’T Throw any electronic equipment in the dumpster!
Your Waste Contact • For more information about hazardous wastes, universal wastes, or recycling or disposal of electronic equipment, please contact: • Tom Hendricks, Collateral Duty Safety Officer, (229) 387-2392.
Prudent Purchasing • Buy only the amount of chemicals that you will use within a reasonable time period • Buy durable apparatus and equipment that can be repaired and maintained • Coordinate or centralize purchasing to avoid unnecessary purchases • Buy Green Products when available Paper Energy-efficient products Biofuels
Buying Green There are six components to the Federal green purchasing program: • Recycled content products • Energy Star and FEMP-designated energy efficient products, low standby power devises, and renewable energy • Biobased products • Alternative fuel vehicle/alternative fuel • Environmentally preferable products and services • Non-ozone depleting substances Make these your first choice if possible.
On-line Resources • Tifton EMS webpage- www.ars.usda.gov/Services/docs.htm?docid=12538 • Biobased Products Program - www.biobased.oce.usda.gov • Comprehensive Procurement Guidelines - www.epa.gov/cpg • Office of the Federal Environmental Executive - www.ofee.gov • EPA-EMS - www.epa.gov/ems • Safety, Health, and Environmental Mgmt. –www.afm.ars.usda.gov/shem/environmental.htm
THE END Remember – It IS easy being GREEN!