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New Hazardous Waste Tag Information

In November 2016, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized revisions to the Resource Conservation & Recovery Act (RCRA) thereby changing how hazardous waste is handled.  The Hazardous Waste Generator Improvement Rule became effective in Pennsylvania on June 1, 2017.  Three changes in the new rule directly affect faculty, students, and staff at Temple University.  Environmental Health & Radiation Safety (EHRS) has updated Temple University’s Hazardous Waste Management Program to meet the new requirements.

  • Determine if the material to be disposed is hazardous at the point of generation.  Previously, EHRS made this decision on behalf of laboratory personnel and waste generators after the waste material was picked by EHRS personnel (or designee).  Generators of hazardous waste must now make this decision at the point of generation.  EHRS developed a new hazardous waste tag to include information that will assist generators in making this waste determination at the point of generation. The new hazardous waste tag can be viewed here.
  • Label hazardous waste containers with the words “Hazardous Waste” and an indication of the hazards.  The new hazardous waste tags provide check boxes for generators to identify specific waste streams (where applicable) and to identify the hazardous characteristics of the material.
  • Maintain a spill kit in each location where hazardous waste is created. This change has minimal impact on campus because shops, studios and labs already have material on hand to clean up a minor spill.  The change does encourage personnel to re-evaluate the work area, identify the types of material likely to spill, and maintain a spill kit that is appropriate for the material used.

Other important changes regarding how Temple University manages hazardous waste on its campuses will be implemented by EHRS on behalf of the campus community and will not require any additional actions by the individual waste generator.

Frequently Asked Questions about the new policy can be found here. One frequently asked question is what do if you have a small waste container: based on the new regulation, you still must attach the new version of the waste label to it. You can follow one of the 3 options listed below:

    • Place or tape a competed hazardous waste tag to each container.
    • Place small container(s) into a zip-lock bag and tag the bag or drop the completed tag inside the bag.
    • Place small container(s) that are similar or the same inside a bag or bigger container (such as a sturdy box). The completed tag can then be paced on the bag (as described above) or the bigger container.

 

EHRS Launches New Fact Sheets

EHRS is proud to announce the launch of a new Fact Sheet initiative, giving the Temple community a lot of important information in an easy-to-digest format. Keep watching this space as more Fact Sheets are released! Our entire library of fact sheets can be found here.

Adding Safety Data Sheets to Your CEMS Inventory

You can add Safety Data Sheets to your CEMS inventory in just a few simple steps. Here's how:

1) Access your chemical inventory. Look at the far right SDS column; if there is a red icon, click on it to view the SDS. Confirm if the SDS on file is accurate and matches your chemical.

2) If you need to add or update a Safety Data Sheet, go to the manufacturer or supplier's website and see if you can locate it there. If you can download it, save it your computer. Contact the manufacturer or supplier to obtain a copy of the SDS.

3) Once you have your new or updated SDS, log into CEMS and access your inventory. Click on the barcode for the chemical you need to update.

4) Go to the Safety Data Sheet section and click the Upload button. Find the saved SDS on your computer and click open. CEMS will report that the SDS was added. Enter the date printed on the SDS. Then click Save and close out the container record. If you have multiple containers of the same chemical from the same manufacturer, adding SDS to one container will add that SDS to all matching containers.

New Way to Access Online Training Courses

The way to access Blackboard Courses has been modified. Please click here to see the new instructions.

Temple EHRS: Who We Are and What We Do

The Environmental Health and Radiation Safety Department (EHRS) is responsible for ensuring the safe use of radioactive materials, radiation- producing equipment, chemicals and biological substances at the University, Hospital and affiliated institutions. EHRS is responsible for identifying safety problems; initiating, recommending, or providing corrective actions; verifying implementation of corrective actions; and ensuring compliance with regulations and University policies for the use of hazardous substances.