|Submission Date||June 28, 2013|
University of Calgary
OP-21: Hazardous Waste Management
Office of Sustainability
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:
The continued development of ChematixTM, a chemical management program which includes a chemical inventory and tracking system, is anticipated to facilitate the sharing of surplus chemicals; reducing the need for one lab to procure a chemical another lab may have in excess. The program has been launched on both Main Campus and Foothills Campus and a full inventory is currently being completed for all buildings.
A brief description of how the institution safely disposes of hazardous, universal, and non-regulated chemical waste:
The University of Calgary's Environment, Health, and Safety unit oversees programs and codes of practice to control hazards - including hazardous materials. This includes programs for asbestos management, biosafety, laboratory safety, mercury abatement, etc. Codes of Practice govern the storage, handling, use and disposal specific hazardous materials. For a full list of programs and codes of practice, please refer to: http://www.ucalgary.ca/safety/program
ChematixTM is currently being deployed, a chemical management program to:
1. Facilitate chemical inventory management, surplus distribution and hazardous materials disposal;
2.Meet Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) requirements for the provision of Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS);
3. Assist the University of Calgary in meeting or exceeding all regulatory requirements for protecting human health and the environment;
4.Assist Emergency Responders to identify hazards associated with chemical, biological and radioactive materials, and to safely respond to incidents and accidents on campus.
The website URL where information about hazardous materials management is available:
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