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Hazardous chemical management training

Hazardous Chemical Management Training

University of Colorado at Boulder

Environmental Health & Safety



[email protected]

Why am i here
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…

R esource c onservation r ecovery a ct
Resource Conservation Recovery Act

Passed by Congress in 1976

Cradle to grave
Cradle To Grave

The answer
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
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
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)



    Hazard communication
    Hazard Communication

    • Product Labels

    • NFPA Signage

    • MSDS’s

    Quick Look at hazards Inside!

    Nfpa signage
    NFPA Signage

    What does the white section mean?

    Material safety data sheets info on hazards handling emergencies designed for industry
    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
    Also helpful…

    • Know Location of:

      • Fire Extinguishers

      • Alarm Stations

      • Eyewashes/Showers

      • Exits

      • MSDSs

      • Spill Equipment

    Spills leaks
    Spills & Leaks

    Incidental Spill Vs. Spill Response

    Incidental spill
    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
    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
    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
    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…


    • 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
    Waste Time!

    • We have covered…

      • Lab safety

      • Spill Response

      • Fire

        What do you do with the waste you have



    • No Hazardous Chemicals down Drains or in the Trash!

    Saa summary
    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
    What‘s Wrong Here?

    • No Haz-Waste Label

    • Open Containers

    • No Secondary Containment

    • Not In SAA

    Hazardous waste tag
    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
    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


    Radioactive material
    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
    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
    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*


    • 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
    Things You should know now…

    • We have covered…

      • Lab safety

      • Spill Response

      • Fire

      • SAA/Waste

      • Glass/Containers/Sharps

    Generator responsibilities
    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