From: "Reinhardt, Peter" <peter.reinhardt**At_Symbol_Here**YALE.EDU>
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Inquiry on safety & hazardous waste compliance for universities
Date: Wed, 10 Feb 2016 19:46:43 +0000
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Chapter 11 of the 2011 edition ofPrudent Practices in the Laboratory (National Academies Press) has a thorough discussion of regulations and standards that apply to laboratories. Another good reference is the 2008 edition of theEnvironmental Compliance Guide for Colleges and Universities, published by APPA and CSHEMA. Also, the ACS Task Force on Laboratory Chemical and Waste Management publishedLaboratory Waste Management: A Guidebook. The second edition is published by Oxford Press.




Peter A. Reinhardt

Director, Office of Environmental Health & Safety

Yale University

135 College St., Suite 100

New Haven, CT   06510-2411

(203) 737-2123





From: DCHAS-L Discussion List [mailto:dchas-l**At_Symbol_Here**MED.CORNELL.EDU]On Behalf Of Mary Beth Mulcahy
Sent: Wednesday, February 10, 2016 2:30 PM
Subject: [DCHAS-L] Inquiry on safety & hazardous waste compliance for universities


All, I recently had a conversation with a colleague from EPA concerning hazardous waste compliance for universities, and in our conversation I offered to post an email from him on this list-serve to tap into its collective knowledge (see his email below).


"I am in the process of developing a hazardous waste compliance assistance program  for colleges and universities (truly any post-secondary learning institution).  Congress asked us [EPA] to regulate the management of hazardous waste through the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA).  We've routinely done inspections and regrettably find that universities tend to have numerous challenges with waste identification and management.  I'm hoping your professional experience in both investigations and education (both as an educator and for the American Chemical Society) can help me find a more effective path than what we have pursued in the past."

So, ideas anyone?


One thing that struck me during the conversation was an article that I saw printed in JCHAS I think in 2010 that listed the numerous federal/state regulations a university was subject to. I remember being surprised by the number of requirements, and thought it would be insightful for this person as well. Despite searching my paper copies of JXHAS and JCHAS' search engine, I'm coming up empty. Any chance someone remembers an article like that?

I'll forward any posts on the topic.


Mary Beth

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