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  • Massachusetts

    School Chemical Management Program

    Working Draft

    November 2006

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  • Table of Contents

    Overview ........................................................................................................................................ 4 Challenges Schools Face in Managing their Chemicals ............................................................. 4

    Overview of a School Chemical Management Program............................................................. 6

    Developing a School Chemical Management Program ............................................................. 7 Step 1: Getting Started - Form a Team ....................................................................................... 8

    Step 1: Getting Started - Form a Team ....................................................................................... 9

    Step 2: Assess Current Chemical Management Systems and Conditions ................................ 10

    Step 3: Dispose of Unnecessary Chemicals.............................................................................. 14

    Step 4: Develop a Long Term Chemical Management Program.............................................. 15

    Step 5: Evaluate and Update Your Program............................................................................. 18

    : Administrative Information................................................................................. 20Appendix 1How to Form a Team ................................................................................................................ 20

    State Regulations Governing the Management of Hazardous Materials in Schools ................ 23

    Appendix 2: Assessing Current Conditions.............................................................................. 24 School Chemical Management Systems Assessment Questionnaire........................................ 25

    Safety Prescreen Inspection Sheet ............................................................................................ 28 Conducting a School Chemical Inventory ................................................................................ 29

    Preparing for the Inventory....................................................................................................... 29

    Appendix 3: Chemical Emergency Response Plan .................................................................. 34 Chemical Emergency Response Phone Numbers ..................................................................... 38

    Safety and Emergency Response .............................................................................................. 39

    Equipment and Supplies Inventory Sheet ................................................................................. 39

    Appendix 4: Chemical Purchasing Policy ................................................................................ 42 Developing Guidelines on Chemical Purchases ....................................................................... 44

    Developing a Chemical Purchase Review ................................................................................ 45

    Attachment 1: School Departments that Use Hazardous Products........................................... 46

    Attachment 2: Health and Safety Cap Criteria ......................................................................... 47

    Attachment 3: Evaluation for Donation Acceptance ................................................................ 48

    Attachment 4: Evaluation of Staff Chemical Requests............................................................. 49

    Attachment 5: High Hazard Chemical Purchase Request Form............................................... 50

    Attachment 6: Chemical Swap System..................................................................................... 51

    High Risk Chemical List........................................................................................................... 54

    Appendix 5: Chemical Management and Safe Storage .......................................................... 72 Introduction............................................................................................................................... 73

    Roles and Responsibilities ........................................................................................................ 75

    Location and Signage of Chemical Storage Room................................................................... 76

    Environmental Controls: Ventilation........................................................................................ 78

    Environmental Controls: Heat, Temperature, Lighting ............................................................ 80

    Environmental Controls: Ignition Sources............................................................................... 81

    Chemical Storage Equipment and Management....................................................................... 83

    Organization of Storage Categories in the Science Department............................................... 87

    Organization of Chemical Storage Categories in non-Science Departments ........................... 88

    Storage Requirements for Specific Chemical Hazards............................................................. 89

    Specific Storage Requirements for Corrosives ......................................................................... 90

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  • Specific Storage Guidelines for Flammables............................................................................ 91

    Chemical Information, Location and Housekeeping ................................................................ 94

    Chemical Emergency Response - Chemical Storeroom ........................................................... 96

    Fire Safety................................................................................................................................. 98

    Safety Equipment - Emergency Wash Systems........................................................................ 99

    Appendix 6: Hazardous Waste Management......................................................................... 102 Requirements for Hazardous Waste Accumulation Areas...................................................... 107

    MassDEP Fact Sheet: The Very Small Quantity Generator of Hazardous Waste................. 110

    MassDEP Fact Sheet: Fluorescent Lamp Management for Businesses and Institutions....... 112

    MassDEP Fact Sheet: Mercury Collection Checklist for Municipal Programs..................... 114

    Appendix 7: Other Resources .................................................................................................. 116

    Acknowledgements This document was developed with funding from the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP), and with the technical assistance from the Massachusetts Chemical Trade Association and the Springfield Local Emergency Planning Committee. This document was re-drafted by the School Chemical Management Program Working Group from previous versions written by Lynn Rose and Hilary Eustace:

    Lynn Rose, Project Director

    James Controvich, Springfield Local Emergency Planning Committee

    Michael Garvey, NOVA Chemicals Incorporated

    Ed Jamro, Solutia Incorporated

    Kelvin Kwong, Solutia Incorporated

    Robert Napolitano, Astro Chemicals Incorporated

    Larry Pringle, Springfield Public Schools

    The approach to the issue of chemical management in schools has been developed collaboratively, building upon knowledge and experience of the following people: Lynn Rose, formerly of Franklin County Solid Waste Management District and Western

    MassCOSH (Coalition of Occupational Safety and Health) Hilary Eustace, formerly of the Massachusetts Office of Technical Assistance for Toxics

    Use Reduction, Nancy Wrenn, formerly of the MassDEP, Lisa DuFresne, formerly of the Massachusetts Office of Technical Assistance for Toxics

    Use Reduction, Marina Brock, Barnstable County Department of Health and Environment, John Alphin, South Central Recycling Association of Massachusetts, Lori Segall, MassDEP Tina Klein, MassDEP

    This is a living document, which is currently being used as part of several school pilot projects, and will continue to undergo review and revision. Please contact the Hazardous Waste Program Manager at the MassDEP at 617-292-5704 with any comments.

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  • Overview

    Challenges Schools Face in Managing their Chemicals

    Unmanaged chemical stockpiles

    Most schools have hundreds of chemicals in the science labs, art rooms, shop classes, and maintenance areas, but few know which chemicals they have and where they are located. Hazardous chemicals accumulate when there is no tracking system and no disposal plan, especially when there are changes in staff and/or changes in curriculum. Industry donations of chemicals can compound the problem.

    Quantities and hazard level of chemicals

    Many of the chemicals in schools are the same ones used in industrial and commercial facilities such as factories and research labs. These include: chlorinated solvents heavy metals strong corrosives explosives toxics such as cyanides, mercury and lead compounds

    Some of the chemicals found in schools are fatal at an exposure of less than 0.1 gram, and some will explode just by having the cap removed from the jar.

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  • Challenges Schools Face in Managing their Chemicals

    Serious health and safety risks

    Even though schools use many of the same chemi