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1 THE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN MAINE Hazardous Waste Management Program

2 Department: University Environmental Health & Safety 2 TABLE OF CONTENTS Section Title Page 1.0 Scope Program Overview Summary of Management Main Storage Site Descriptions USM Hazardous Waste Stream Hazardous Waste Emergency Contingency Plan - USM.. 6

3 Department: University Environmental Health & Safety 3 Issued By: Office of Finance and Administration Effective Date: November 1990 Revision Date: November 1990, July 1997, September 1999, January 2003, January 2011 POLICY: HAZARDOUS WASTE MANAGEMENT PROGRAM Statement of Purpose: To bring us into compliance with Department of Environmental Protection - State of Maine Chapter 850 Beginning 1.0 Scope To identify, determine quantities, establish storing procedures, and provide for the disposal of hazardous waste quantities generated. In accordance with the rules for Hazardous Waste Management Low Volume Generators and LQG-Plus, State of Maine Department of Environmental Protection, Document ; also OSHA , CFR29 and CFR40. Hazardous Waste Emergency Contingency Plan is included in this document. 2.0 Program Overview 1. The Hazardous Waste Management Program of the University of Southern Maine is designed to plan for and implement the safe handling, storing, and disposal of designated hazardous waste on the campuses of Southern Maine. It is the intent of the University to provide an informative and practical plan which will provide direction and acceptable results regarding the handling, storing, and disposal of hazardous waste generated. 2. Source and Quantity of Wastes: Due to USM s academic growth, recent inventories have moved both the Portland and Gorham campuses into a small quantity generator plus status. The Lewiston-Auburn campus has now been designated a SQG status. Formal approval has been filed with our State DEP, fall Types of Wastes: Hazardous wastes generated at the University fall into one of the following four basic categories: ignitable, corrosive, reactive, or toxic.

4 Department: University Environmental Health & Safety Summary of Management USM s program is divided into four components: 1. Waste Determinations: Faculty /staff working together with satellite site managers are to determine whether substances being considered for disposal are hazardous or nonhazardous. Wherever feasible, conduct sampling and lab analysis because it is more accurate and dependable. a) Non-Hazardous: When substances are determined non-hazardous, it may go down the drain or be put in the common waste (trash). b) Hazardous: When a substance is determined to be hazardous, it will be appropriately placed in approved containers at designated hazardous waste satellite sites on each campus. Note: Appropriate hazardous waste determination forms are available from the USM Campus Environmental Safety & Health Office. 2. Satellite Site Storage: USM has established sites on each campus specifically designated to temporarily store determined wastes. These sites are under a manager who manages their respective site. Proper container usage, capping, accumulation start dates, labeling, and daily site inspections are strictly enforced as stipulated under the regulations. 3. Waste Pickups: When a container is 90% full or allotted storage time is close to expiring, managers are to submit a request for hazardous waste pickup; copies are available from the Campus Environmental Safety & Health Office. Main Campus Storage Sites MCSS are used for temporary storage of items/substances from satellite sites to await transportation off campus by a licensed transporter. Locations include: a) Gorham Campus Building opposite Central Heat Plant b) Portland Campus Science Building c) LAC Satellite locations only d) John Roberts Road Satellite locations only 4. Campus Waste Disposal: Disposal of USM s stored wastes is coordinated by the Campus Environmental Safety & Health Office with respect to allowable storage times as dictated by EPA regulations. A commercial licensed transporter whose license is verified by the Campus Environmental Safety & Health Office will be contracted to remove hazardous waste as needed. Necessary manifest forms will be completed and said wastes

5 Department: University Environmental Health & Safety 5 transported to a licensed facility. Destination and/or burial documentation will be kept on file in the Campus Environmental Safety & Health Office. 4.0 Main Storage Site Descriptions There are two main hazardous waste storage sites at the University of Southern Maine; one in Gorham and one in Portland. 1. Gorham Campus: The Gorham site is located across from the central heat plant. This site is a separate white block structure, duly posted and locked. The front of the structure is locked by lockset with a sign Hazardous Waste Storage, Authorized Persons Only. Inside the structure, the wastes are segregated by categories in separate labeled containers. Inside the structure is a 10 lb. fire extinguisher and spill absorbent stored in a 5 gallon pail and marked accordingly. Absorbent wipes are also available. Container spill containment trays are also in place and utilized. Employee personal protection equipment includes: a) Face shield b) Splash goggles c) Rubber gloves d) Body cover chem. rainwear 2. Portland Campus: The second storage site will be located in the basement of the Science Building new wing. Container spill containment trays are in place and utilized. Employee personal protection equipment includes: a) Splash goggles b) Rubber gloves 5.0 USM Hazardous Waste Stream USM Units Generating Hazardous Waste: Department/Area Labs or Studios WASTE Art Department Biology Department Chemistry Department Facilities Management Photo (Art Department) Print Shop Technology Miscellaneous Departments CLASSIFICATIONS OF I C T L C R L I C R T I C T T L I C T I C R L

6 Department: University Environmental Health & Safety 6 Applied Medical Science RA I T 1. Table Key: a) I Ignitability b) C Corrosity c) R Reactivity d) T Toxicity e) L Listed f) RA Radioactive 2. Units initiate request for hazardous waste pickup/storage form. It is sent to USM Office of Campus Environmental Safety & Health for processing/auditing. Call Campus Environmental Safety & Health if more information is needed. Pickup arrangements by Steve Woodhead, Life Safety Associate. It is stored in the USM designated storage facility until proper disposal by commercial carrier transportation. Storage site inspection schedule see forms available. Inventory system see forms available. 6.0 Hazardous Waste Emergency Contingency Plan USM Note: Although USM is a small generator of hazardous waste, the small prudent plan has been initiated in the event of an emergency on campus. 1. Purpose To minimize hazards to human health or the environment from an unplanned release of hazardous waste such as a leak, spill, explosion, or fire. 2. Site Locations 2 locations, Gorham Campus and Portland Campus. See section 4.0 for details. 3. Identified Hazardous Waste Stored: a) Flammable b) Acids c) Corrosives d) Reactives e) Low Level Radioactive 4. Emergency Coordinators: a) Gorham Fire Chief ( )

7 Department: University Environmental Health & Safety 7 b) Portland Fire Chief ( ) 5. Internal (USM) Emergency Communication One employee, namely the Life Safety Associate, carries a telephone when handling substances and inspecting sites. In the event of an emergency, said employee will immediately notify the USM Police at 911. The will notify the appropriate E.C. 6. Spill Equipment Provided Each Site: a) CO2 or BC Fire Extinguisher b) Absorbent pads as well as loose absorbent containment trays. c) Mercury spill kit goggles, gloves, t-vac suit. 7. Fire Control Equipment Provided Each Site: a) Portland 10 lb. CO2 inside; two 10 lb. CO2 just outside room. b) Gorham 10 lb. CO2 8. Personal Protective Equipment Provided Each Site: a) Splash Goggles b) Rubber Gloves c) Face Shield d) Body Cover Chem. Rainwear 9. Water Source Availability and Locations: a) Gorham Fire hydrant 200 feet from storage area by gate. b) Portland Fire hydrant 200 feet near Payson Smith. Fire hydrant 100 feet opposite parking lot. 10. Emergency Procedures: The following actions (procedures) are to be utilized by USM personnel in response to fire, explosion, or release of hazardous waste. Note: A release has occurred any time hazardous waste escapes its primary containment vessel (container) or out of secondary containment. Immediately notify (call) USM Police at 911 reporting location and emergency. USM Police will notify the appropriate E.C. of the release including the nature and extent and notify the USM Campus CES&H Office and Facilities Management. The USM Campus Environmental Safety & Health Director and/or director of Facilities will notify DEP at All notifications to DEP are to be reported for documentation purposes to the USM Office of Campus

8 Department: University Environmental Health & Safety 8 Environmental Safety & Health within 24 hours. Submit a written report to DEP within fifteen days of the incident including the following information: a) Name and telephone. b) Facility (site) address. c) Specific location. d) Time and type of incident. e) Name and quantity of materials released. f) Injuries, if any. g) Possible human health or environmental hazards. 11. Evacuation Plan To be initiated by the respective E.C. including evacuation routes and alternative routes. Note: Being a small quantity generator, the need to initiate campus evacuation is remote. 12. A copy of this plan along with a cover letter is to be sent to each local fire and police department. The above cover letter must include a request that the agency provide support to the site in case of fire, explosion, or release of hazardous waste. Agreements must be renewed annually if the plan is changed and/or amended.

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