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Quick Reminders about Waste Segregation and Disposal

Recently, EHSO received reports of incorrect waste disposal and recycling practices.  The reports included instances of improper glove disposal, improper disposal of unused lab supplies, improper storage of autoclaved waste, and improper disposal of UV lamps.   Additionally, here are a few quick reminders on how you should segregate and dispose of your lab’s waste.To […]

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What’s that smell?

Your workspace should provide adequate indoor air quality and be free of health hazards. If you are experiencing strong or offensive odors in your work area, follow the instructions below to make sure you know what to do and who to call.    For extremely strong, irritating odors that are affecting your mucous membranes and/or respiratory system, you detect strong burning odors or […]

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The 3 C’s of Chemical Waste Management

April is Environmental Month. The EHSO Environmental Compliance Group assists Emory University investigators in complying with applicable United States Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) regulations. These regulations were developed to protect our natural resources.  EHSO provides guidance on chemical waste disposal to ensure that our natural resources are protected, and that Emory maintains regulatory compliance.  […]

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The 3 C’s of Chemical Waste Management

April is Environmental Month. The EHSO Environmental Compliance Group assists Emory University investigators in compliancing with applicable United States Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) regulations. These regulations were developed to protect our natural resources. EHSO provides guidance on chemical waste disposal to ensure that our natural resources are protected and that Emory maintains regulatory compliance. […]

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Green Labs at Emory University

      Are you interested in reducing energy consumption and minimizing waste in your office and lab? Green Offices at Emory and Green Labs at Emory invite you to certify your work space to help Emory reach its 2015-2025 Sustainability Vision goals. Certified offices and labs are eligible to apply for up to $5,000 in funding for sustainability projects. Applications are NOW OPEN, and […]

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Hazardous Waste Inspection

by Scott Thomaston, Associate Director Environmental Health and Safety Office The Georgia Environmental Protection Division (GA-EPD) conducted a Hazardous Waste Management Program inspection of the Emory campus on Wednesday December 2, 2015. Points of waste generation were evaluated that included laboratories, Campus Services, and Healthcare Operations. The inspector focused on container management (integrity, label, and […]

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September Reminders

Just a few reminders for the month of September from EHSO: When moving Biological Safety Cabinets to a different floor or a different building, the BSC must be decontaminated prior to the move and affixed with the equipment hazard tag. Be sure to visit the regulated waste schedule. Personnel working in your lab who are […]

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What Can I Place into a Broken Glass Disposal Box?

A short article on the proper use of the broken glass disposal box. The purpose of the broken glass box (Image 2) is to safely store and dispose of any decontaminated/clean broken glassware and non-infectious slides.   Sharps are disposed of in a sharps container (Image 3). UV lamps, microscope bulbs, and broken mercury thermometers […]

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EPA and Georgia EPD Inspections

Hazardous materials that result from laboratory operations must be managed safely and in compliance with State of Georgia rules and regulations. EHSO has recently been notified that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Georgia Environmental Protection Division (GA EPD) are conducting unannounced inspections of universities and other entities in our area to ensure compliance with […]

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Proper Use of a Steam Autoclave

Laboratories use autoclaves as a method to sterilize instruments, glassware or media.  The lab can also use the autoclave to decontaminate waste before disposal.  The chart and tips provided in this article can be used as a guide and reference for all personnel who use autoclaves.  Safe use and operation of the autoclave will ensure […]

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