Indoor air quality investigations

Indoor air quality investigations

Hazardous materials and building materials reuse Michael Burke Pennsylvania State University, United States Renovation or demolition of older faciliti...

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Hazardous materials and building materials reuse Michael Burke Pennsylvania State University, United States Renovation or demolition of older facilities often involves abatement of hazardous building materials, such as asbestos, lead paint, etc. The reuse of building materials is also a growing trend. However, this green initiative can run into roadblocks from hazardous materials and unfamiliarity with regulations. Penn State University EHS often assists with projects where materials reuse is desired or conducted. This presentation summarizes hazardous materials issues, regulations, and lessons learned.

the financial analysis as well as the process of procuring, installing, and commissioning a disposal system that utilizes microwave technology. j.jchas.2013.03.189 Toxic chemical spill in a research building Benjamin Richards Oregon Health and Science University, United States In this case study, the presenter will share the details of an acrolein spill, effects on building occupants, engagement of first responders, remediation efforts, the results of a simulated spill in the same location using sulfur hexafluoride, and lessons learned. j.jchas.2013.03.187 Management of hazardous drugs waste generated in university hospitals Bill Brewera, Andrea Antellb a Duke University, United States; b PSC Environmental, United States Recent awareness of trace medications in freshwaters and drinking water has raised questions regarding the safe disposal of waste medications from hospitals. The EPA has now focused interest toward the healthcare sector, scrutinizing RCRA waste management practices. Duke University has developed a barcode tracking system to identify and track all drugs from ordering to disposal. In this session, the presenters will describe the system and how it is used to manage hazardous waste compliance. j.jchas.2013.03.188 Medical waste disposal: Procuring on-site technology for disposal Patrick Wolfa, Robert Bollingerb a University of Maryland, United States; b Micro-Waste Corporation, United States In response to stricter EPA regulations for medical waste incinerators, the University of Maryland evaluated offsite disposal availability against a novel approach to on-site medical waste disposal. This presentation will present j.jchas.2013.03.190 Wrapping up pharmaceutical waste Andrea McNaira, De’AnneMeehb a University of Texas System Administration, United States; b University of Texas Medical System, United States When p-listed pharmaceutical waste volumes trigger RCRA large quantity generator requirements, waste management costs increase. This presentation tells the story of how a flexible dispensing process was maximized and coupled with succinct formulary management resulting in minimizing the quantity of hazardous waste and its cost. j.jchas.2013.03.191 Dirty sock syndrome Denise Daggett The Scripps Research Institute, United States A previous technical session was provided that detailed a case study of a musty, locker room-like odor arising seasonally in several large researchoriented laboratory buildings. This session offers new findings, updated information, and a description of testing to characterize the source of the odor.

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Indoor air quality investigations Mark Banister Carnegie Mellon University, United States Most EHS personnel have been called to investigate complaints of indoor air quality in offices and other spaces. This presentation offers a process for performing this work as well as helpful information gathered from more than 30 years of performing these investigations, including dealing with mystery ailments and odors and handling difficult customers. j.jchas.2013.03.193 Cultivating partnerships in laboratory safety Robin Izzo Princeton University, United States To enrich the laboratory safety culture at a university takes commitment and perseverance. Princeton University has taken numerous initiatives to foster partnerships with all of these sectors of the university. This session will review some of those initiatives, including faculty outreach, laboratory supervisor program, and safety manager breakfasts and a new risk assessment tool. j.jchas.2013.03.194 Laboratory caution signs Mark Murray University of Washington, United States The University of Washington has developed a utility to automatically develop laboratory entry caution signs for 3800 research, teaching, and clinical laboratories on its campus. This utility is part of its chemical inventory management system. This session will discuss this system. j.jchas.2013.03.195 Laboratory safety compliance kit Stephen Fisenne Wake Forest University, United States Wake Forest University has developed a kit to assist faculty and principal investigators in maintaining a safe working environment within their labs and ensuring that all regulatory requirements are met. This session will