Thank you for sharing the email from your colleague from the EPA.
I would suggest that your colleague consider forming an Advisory Group, comprised of EHS hazardous waste specialists from various universities and colleges. These subject matter experts would be able to provide first-hand knowledge regarding the challenges at their institutions. I believe that such a collaboration would be mutually beneficial.
Barbara L. Foster
College Safety Officer
Eberly College of Arts and Sciences
West Virginia University
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.
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