You apparently have almost the same problem we have in the arts. Schools send graduates out that are supposedly prepared to practice art or theater or to teach them. They have barely heard of OSHA, never heard of RCRA, and are totally uninformed about basic safety practices and ventilation. Worse, the were taught in an building that was improperly designed and equipped to provide a safe environment for the activities and the materials they used. These people have never done things safety and have never seen a safe environment.
From: Bruce Van Scoy <vanscoybruce**At_Symbol_Here**FRONTIER.COM>
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My personal experience was a bit different. I provided an
chemical hazard analysis training class that included a basic
to RCRA with proper waste handling to a group of teachers as part
of a new
program. Most surprisingly, the science teachers had never evaluated
considered the chemicals based upon their respective toxicity,
hazards and had never heard of RCRA.
After the class, I was
approached by a new science teacher for a local high
school who informed me
that while her background was in biology, she had
replaced a teacher who had a
degree/background in chemistry who had been in
the position for ~30-years and
she inherited a significant chemical
inventory, that she had no idea how to
I provided basic instructions to perform a chemical inventory and
help her classify the waste streams for proper disposal. Upon
reviewing the chemical inventory, I required her to obtain an EPA
(the school did not know that they needed to obtain one), to NOT
container and simply lock the cabinets until qualified personnel
in and remove the peroxide formers, reactive chemicals, etc., that
accumulating in the storage spaces for the past 30-years.
had a qualified hazardous waste disposal company come in to properly
legally) classify, handle and dispose of the chemicals which had
over that time. The company I used performed the disposal
action in off-school
hours and no incidents resulted.
What I was perplexed by then and now, is how
can any science teacher assume
the role without knowing the fundamental and
rudimentary requirements to
keep themselves and their students safe?
honestly thought schools were beginning to teach safer science
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[DCHAS-L] Chemical Safety headlines from Google (16 articles)
would like to add to the discussion as a safety consultant to schools in
area. When a major industry in our area closed, they "donated"
the local HS years ago ( 70's or 80''s). EPA had a program (in
where they would collect at a reduced cost to the school "
chemicals". This was a day or two prior to the collection of
hazardous waste" in the community.
I was called upon to help distinguish
between "hazardous", non hazardous and
recycle chemicals. Our university
received the "recycled" chemicals as a
donation of chemicals that we could use.
It was a "win-win" situation. I
can give more details, names, etc. when back
Marlyn Newhouse, D.A.
Associate Professor of
1050 Union University Drive
Jackson TN 38305
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Google (16 articles)
First, a correction: Dupo (IL) HS, not Dupont.
more to the point - I'm not surprised that a HS chemistry lab would
potassium cyanide - likely it was purchased decades ago - chem labs and
issues were MUCH different then than today. Many of us remember the
in HS chemistry lab stockroom stories.
Don't assume that the education
environment is anything like the industrial
environment in regards to health
The problem is that for many schools, including some colleges
universities, there isn't a good way of disposing of chemicals such as
as the personnel involved may not know who to call or much more
don't have the funds to pay for hazardous waste disposal. I note that
on EPA's 'P' list - EPA regulations (at least those from 10 years ago)
it very difficult for CESQGs to dispose of more than 1 kg of P listed
If you can't reasonably easily dispose of a chemical, the default is
it; the result is that it occupies stockroom space until an unintended
Professor of Chemistry
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July 27, 2015 9:10 AM
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chemical spill at Dupont High School:
What in the WORLD was potassium cyanide
doing in a high school in the
SPILL AT DUPO HIGH SCHOOL
Tags: us_IL, laboratory, release, response,
DUPO, IL (KTVI) - A St. Clair County hazmat crew was called to Dupo
School Friday night after a potentially dangerous chemical spill.
teacher conducting inventory in the school science lab accidentally
over a bottle of potassium cyanide. The chemical can be dangerous to
it interacts with other chemicals.
Residents in nearby homes were told to
stay inside their homes and a few
businesses had to be
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