Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 65.25
Liaison Amanda Whittingham
Submission Date Nov. 30, 2018
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STARS v2.1

Fanshawe College
OP-21: Hazardous Waste Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Leslie Selinger
Occupational Health and Safety Technician
Environment, Health and Safety
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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:

Fanshawe College has an Environment Health and Safety Technologist dedicated to managing and reducing hazardous wastes on site. This employee works with Fanshawe College Staff/Faculty to ensure that:

• Frequent inventory checks are conducted to avoid over-purchasing and wasting inventory
• Shelf-life expiration dates are validated, and expired material is removed
• Raw materials are used sparingly and in correct proportions
• Wastes are properly segregated according to reactivity
• All products and waste are inventoried, clearly labeled and appropriately stored
• Current inventories are reviewed for material substitution wherever possible
• Preventive maintenance protocols are regularly reviewed to reduce occupational health and safety hazards (e.g. spills), in addition to reducing waste generation
• Guidance on process modifications can be provided to improve hazardous waste reduction

A campus-wide inventory of all chemicals is maintained and kept up to date. Presently, Fanshawe College is in the process of finalizing a Chemical Management Plan that will control any new chemicals coming into the College. This will ensure that every chemical is assessed for its toxicity, health hazards, volume, storage, safe usage (PPE, ventilation, etc.) and waste generated.

A brief description of how the institution safely disposes of hazardous, universal, and non-regulated chemical waste:

Fanshawe College has a written Standard Operating Procedure on how to manage hazardous wastes on site

A brief description of any significant hazardous material release incidents during the previous three years, including volume, impact and response/remediation:


A brief description of any inventory system employed by the institution to facilitate the reuse or redistribution of laboratory chemicals:

Fanshawe College maintains a campus wide inventory of all chemicals through a Environment Health and Safety Technologist, who is dedicated to Hazardous Waste Management onsite. Any chemicals that are no longer needed are forwarded to this staff, and dispersed to other areas as needed. If the chemical cannot be used on campus, it is safely disposed of.

Does the institution have or participate in a program to responsibly recycle, reuse, and/or refurbish electronic waste generated by the institution?:

Does the institution have or participate in a program to responsibly recycle, reuse, and/or refurbish electronic waste generated by students?:

A brief description of the electronic waste recycling program(s), including information about how electronic waste generated by the institution and/or students is recycled:

Office PCs needing to be disposed of are taken to Technical Support Services (TSS), who take ownership. Parts are used and hard drives secured. Other office electronics are evaluated and either kept for sale or sent to recycle. Scrap items and office PCs no longer useful go to TSS, which are recycled. Good and useful pieces are kept and sold at sidewalk sales.

Is the institution’s electronic waste recycler certified under the e-Stewards and/or Responsible Recycling (R2) standards?:

Electronic waste recycled or otherwise diverted from the landfill or incinerator during the most recent year for which data is available during the previous three years:
6.39 Tonnes

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

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