Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 45.97
Liaison Alison Pugh
Submission Date Jan. 16, 2013
Executive Letter Download

STARS v1.2

Edmonds Community College
OP-21: Hazardous Waste Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Stanley Linder
Associate Director of Facilities - Grounds & EMS
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Does the institution have strategies in place to safely dispose of all hazardous, special (e.g. coal ash), universal, and non-regulated chemical waste and seek to minimize the presence of these materials on campus?:

A brief description of steps taken to reduce hazardous, special (e.g. coal ash), universal, and non-regulated chemical waste:
Environmental protection, personal safety, sustainability and waste reduction have been adopted as high priorities by the President’s Cabinet, EdCC staff, and students. Hazardous waste is reduced on campus through an Environmental and Safety Team and policies that limit the accumulation and accumulation time of hazardous waste. No more than 55 gallons of waste are allowed to accumulate in a Satellite Accumulation Area. Waste containers are not permitted to be filled to capacity - a minimum 10% head space is required (example: 5 inches of head space for a 35 gallon drum). The accumulation time cannot exceed 180 days for total waste quantities under 2200 pounds in the Waste Accumulation Area. For amounts over 2200 pounds, the accumulation time cannot exceed 90 days. The Environmental and Safety Team is appointed by the Vice-President for Finance and Operations. The team has responsibility to establish, review and recommend updates to the college’s hazardous waste management regulation/procedure. In conjunction with appropriate administrators, it assures compliance and approval of the waste management practices called out by the regulation. It coordinates all off-site waste transportation and disposal arrangements. It also assures weekly inspections of Hazardous Waste Accumulation Areas are performed and documented.

A brief description of how the institution safely disposes of hazardous, universal, and non-regulated chemical waste:
Toxic materials are safely stored by departments in lockable cabinets, anti-flammable cabinets, locked custodial lockers, chemical storage shed meeting OSHA standards, and persona locked lab rooms. Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) are maintained in their appropriate areas along with MSDS online http://hq.msdsonline.com/edccedu/Search/Default.aspx data base for quick and easy access. Staff that handle these chemicals are provided with personal protective equipment and eyewash stations for personal safety in conjunction with professional training. Hazardous and Universal waste streams are carefully picked up at the source by an adequate/ trained staff member, transported to the safe collection site, inventoried, labeled, and safely stored following our Hazardous Waste Management Procedures. A certified contractor is contracted for packing, transporting, and disposing or recycling all of our hazardous or recyclable waste streams. Manifests and yearly reports Evidence for Department of Ecology are maintained in the Facilities department offices and are audited for accuracy as directed by WAC 173-303.

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