Hazardous Waste Management & Emergency Response
General University Policy
The purpose of this program is to inform faculty and employees, that the university is complying with EPA requirements for preparing and maintaining a Hazardous Waste Contingency Plan under the hazardous waste regulations, Title 40, Code of Federal Regulations 265.50-.56 by providing a written plan that describes the equipment, human resources and procedures for responding to a discharge of hazardous waste.
BYU-Idaho has developed this program to handle hazardous wastes at various campus sites, because they can pose significant safety and health risks to students and employees, if not handled properly.
This program applies to all pertinent operations of the university where students or employees may be exposed to potential discharge or spill situations involving hazardous waste under normal working conditions or during an emergency situation.
The contingency plan is designed to minimize hazards to human health or the environment from fires, explosions or any unplanned sudden or non-sudden release of hazardous waste or hazardous waste constituents to air, soil or surface water. The provisions of the plan are to be carried out immediately whenever there is a fire, explosion or release of hazardous waste or hazardous waste constituents that could threaten human health or the environment.
The university generates hazardous wastes which are governed either under conditionally exempt small quantity generator (less than 100 kilograms per month) regulations or small quantity generator (100-1000 kilograms per month) regulations, depending on the type and volume of hazardous waste generated in a given period of time. Hazardous wastes are accumulated from generation sites on campus and stored temporarily at the university hazardous materials storage area on First West, pending timely disposal pursuant to EPA regulations. The institution is not a permitted transportation, storage and disposal (TSD) facility.
Routine university hazardous waste generation sites, materials and responsible parties include:
A. Physical Plant Paint Shop--Waste paints and solvents--Lead Painter
B. Physical Plant Custodial Department-- Off Specification cleaning materials--Custodial Manager
C. Chemistry Department-- Waste solvents and off specification chemicals-- Chemicals Inventory Manager
D. Theater Department--waste paints and solvents-- Scene shop construction manager
E. Biology Department--Off specification chemicals--Biology Department Chairperson
F. Art Department--Waste paints and solvents--Art Department Chairperson
Other university entities that may occasionally generate hazardous wastes are also instructed to follow the procedures listed in this Toxic and Hazardous Wastes Contingency Plan.
General hazardous waste generators on campus shall be instructed and equipped to accumulate up to, but no more that 55 gallons of waste at their respective generation points. Satellite location containers should be labeled as hazardous waste. When containers reach capacity, generators shall promptly notify the safety office (496-2457) which will then transfer, within 3 days, the wastes to the contiguous First West Hazardous Materials Temporary Storage Area for profiling, bulking and packaging for disposal. Bulk accumulations shall then be transported off campus for disposal by contracted and licensed TSD companies within 270 days from the start of accumulation at the First West Storage Area.
University faculty or employees who plan to discard solid waste, but are not certain whether or not the waste is hazardous, shall promptly (within 30 days) notify the safety office (496-2457) for analysis of the waste and determination of any possible hazardous components. Possible hazardous wastes shall not be disposed of without prior analysis and authorization by the university safety office. Proper storage containers and labels can be obtained from the university safety office.
The university encourages any suggestions that employees may have for improving the Hazardous Waste Written Contingency Plan, as the institution is committed to developing and maintaining an effective plan. The university strives for clear understanding, safe behavior and involvement in the plan from every operational level.
The university Safety Office is responsible for the development and maintenance of the hazardous waste written contingency plan. Copies of the written plan may be obtained from the Safety Office, Physical Plant Room 136 and on the BYU-Idaho Intranet site under Employees/Safety Office/Policies and Procedures/Hazardous Waste.
Brigham Young University-Idaho, in care of the university president, is the owner or operator of campus facilities and properties. The Office of Safety and Fire Protection is responsible for ensuring that the written plan is complete, kept up to date, and made available to appropriate authorities. The plan is available to the BYU-Idaho University Police, the City of Rexburg Police Department, the Rexburg Fire Department, Madison Memorial Hospital and Idaho Bureau of Disaster Services as well as to all employees, students and community patrons of the university.
Emergency Equipment and Procedures
It is the policy of the university to operate the campus in a safe and responsible manner. University operations are continually reviewed to minimize the possibility of a fire, explosion, or an accidental release of a hazardous materials or waste. The university has an emergency fire plan accessible to all students and employees on the Safety Office web page.
Because of the nature of the hazardous waste the university generates, facilities are equipped with alarm systems which are capable of providing immediate emergency evacuation notification to students and employees. BYU-Idaho facilities are protected by smoke detectors, heat detectors, fire alarm pull stations and emergency telephones which are interconnected to the central computerized alarm system which reports to and is monitored continuously by University Police dispatch personnel.
In the event of a major hazardous materials or waste release or other emergency, persons should immediately activate an alarm system, notify the University Police communications center by calling 911 on a campus telephone and evacuate the area of the spill. A police officer will be immediately dispatched to initially manage the scene and other emergency response personnel will be dispatched as needed. In the event of a major emergency caused by a hazardous materials or waste spill or release, the responding police officer or safety officer will immediately advise the university police communications center to initiate hazardous incident command procedures and insure that established emergency response, containment, disposal and decontamination procedures are implemented in a timely and effective manner. After determining that the facility has had a release, fire or explosion that threatens human health or the environment, the university police communications officer shall immediately initiate notification of the Rexburg Fire Department (359-3010), the Rexburg Police Department (359-3020), the Madison County Sheriffs Department (359-3008), and the Idaho Bureau of Disaster Services (745-8641). The respective law enforcement agencies will notify appropriate government officials and convene emergency operations centers if warranted.
In the event of a small, contained release of hazardous materials or waste, the safety office can be contacted directly at 496-2457 or through the University Police communications center at 496-3000. In either case, the safety officer will promptly respond and facilitate containment, clean up and proper disposal. Safety Office personnel are trained and certified in hazardous waste operations and emergency response (HAZWOPER).
The university's fire control equipment consists of fire extinguishers located throughout buildings; sprinkler systems installed in many, but not all buildings; fire hose cabinets are also located throughout many of the facilities. Spill control equipment consists of a variety of absorbent materials and containers for small spills which are available from the Safety Office. The Rexburg Fire Department will be summoned to deal with larger containment issues and the state emergency response team (Idaho State Police 525-7277) will be summoned in the event of a major hazardous materials incident. Decontamination control equipment consists of disposable coveralls, decontamination tubs and barrels for disposal of contaminated material.
Emergency response personnel shall use appropriate personal protective equipment for each assigned job. The following personal protective equipment shall be available from the Safety Office for use depending on the requirements of the situation and the training of the individual response personnel:
Procedures have been established for regularly checking and maintaining water pressure and volume to make sure that they are sufficiently adequate to supply water hose streams, automatic sprinklers or water spray systems. The Safety Office, in conjunction with HVAC and Mechanical shop personnel, tests water flow pressures in facility sprinkler systems and standpipes on a quarterly basis. Fire hydrants on campus are tested semi-annually for functionality and pressure. Alarm actuation and notifications systems, fire control equipment, spill control equipment and decontamination equipment are inspected on an annual basis to ensure accessibility and proper function. The computerized emergency reporting system is monitored continuously. Fire extinguishers are installed in university facilities pursuant to NFPA regulations and are inspected on a monthly basis. Test and inspection records are maintained in the Safety Office.
Respiratory protection is in stock and available at Stores. Required fit testing and training is provided upon request by the Safety Office. Emergency and personal protection equipment such as protective coveralls, gloves, goggles and respiratory protection, including SCBA is readily accessible at the Safety Office for employees involved in hazardous waste operations.
Routine inspections of university facilities are conducted periodically by the Office of Safety and Fire Protection to ensure that adequate aisle space is maintained to allow for the unobstructed movement of personnel and the transporting of equipment during an emergency and to promote compliance with egress and emergency access fire code regulations. When egress restrictions are noticed, appropriate supervisory personnel are advised to make necessary corrections to maintain adequate clearance in aisles and hallways, etc.. Major events are monitored by the University Police and Ticket Office ushers to insure clear aisle ways during such events. Persons who observe potential egress obstructions or safety hazards are encouraged to immediately notify the university Safety Office by phone (496-2457 or 496-2481) or via the Safety Office web page electronic hazard report form.
The Rexburg Fire Department, Idaho State Police Hazardous Incident Response Team and/or the Idaho Bureau of Disaster Services shall serve as the emergency response team for major hazardous materials incidents occurring on university property. Although university safety office personnel are HAZWOPER trained and certified, the university does not have sufficient trained personnel to provide a fully constituted emergency response team. It shall be the responsibility of university safety office personnel to assist responding emergency services personnel by providing available information, equipment and other resources related to the following incident management factors.
The following factors shall be considered during the preliminary evaluation to assist in determining the appropriate plan of action:
To determine the appropriate plan of action, the following reference materials are recommended:
During an incident, a more detailed evaluation of the site's specific characteristics shall be performed by emergency response personnel. First responders shall identify existing site hazards to the On-Scene Incident Commander. This information will aid in the selection of appropriate engineering, containment and clean-up controls, as well as the selection of personal protective equipment for remaining response team members and support staff members.
To prevent employee/visitor contamination and harm during emergency response activities, the following shall take place. Site control activities shall include the following information:
The site shall be controlled and maintained by the University Police and/or Rexburg Police Department personnel. The On-Scene Incident Commander shall use information provided from the site characterization and analysis survey to determine the three emergency response zones (Hot Zone, Warm Zone, and Cold Zone). The aforementioned zones shall be determined by using the following guidelines.
The area containing the incident itself, including the product and its container. This area may be immediately dangerous to life and health (IDLH). Personnel permitted in this zone shall be dressed in the appropriate personal protective equipment.
A larger geographical area surrounding the Hot Zone that is considered safe for workers to enter with limited personal protective equipment unless assigned a task requiring increased protection.
The area adjacent to the Warm Zone that is restricted to administration and emergency response personnel. Minimum personal protective equipment may be required such as protective gloves and Tyvek coveralls.
Basic Control is the first step taken to prevent further release of the hazardous materials. Basic control may include shutting off a valve or shutting down a piece of machinery.
When a hazardous material incident involves fire, the following procedure shall be initiated:
There are four types of procedures that can be taken to keep the involved material in its container.
There are three types of procedures which can be used to keep a material in a confined area.
Quantitative measurements of hazardous materials within the environment shall be made prior to any entry. Monitoring shall be conducted at the completion of a response to determine if the area is safe for re-entry.
The following quantitative instruments shall be used in hazardous atmospheric assessments.
All clothing, equipment or person(s) assigned to duties in the Hot or Warm Zones shall be decontaminated to remove the presence of any hazardous materials encountered. The decontamination area shall be set-up prior to the mitigation of the incident.
Decontamination can be accomplished by:
The decontamination procedures shall be initiated by the On-Scene Incident Commander. To ensure that the proper decontamination procedures are initiated, the Incident Commander shall make reference to following:
Once the proper decontamination procedures are determined, the On-Scene Incident Commander shall designate an area within the Warm Zone to set up the decontamination process. The equipment shall consist of portable wash tubs, sprayers, heavy gauge plastic tarp and disposable scrub brushes.
The following eight steps constitute the decontamination process for personnel involved in the remediation of the incident.
Decontamination of equipment shall be performed by using portable wash tubs, sprayers, and disposable scrub brushes. Any equipment that cannot be thoroughly decontaminated along with the contents from the wash tub shall be considered hazardous and shall be stored and disposed of in accordance with the university's Hazardous Waste Management policy.
If monitoring equipment becomes contaminated, it shall require special cleaning techniques. Methods for decontamination shall be obtained from the EPA's Regional Office or the equipment's manufacturer.
Emergency response hand tools shall be cleaned as appropriate by chemical or physical means. The EPA's Regional Office may be consulted for specific methods of decontaminating the hand tools. At the end of the incident, if the hand tools cannot be decontaminated, they shall be disposed of as hazardous waste.
Office and Laboratory Items
Use the same decontamination techniques used for hand tools and monitors.
Equipment that cannot be decontaminated shall be disposed of as hazardous waste. The equipment shall be replaced immediately or as funding is secured.
As soon as practical, after an emergency, the emergency coordinator will meet with members of the university emergency operations center and aid in the development of post emergency strategies and follow up operations. He/she will also initiate an investigation into the causal factors of the emergency and prepare a comprehensive report for the university administration which describes the causes of the emergency, its effects and the effectiveness of the response to the emergency.
In the event of an emergency caused by a hazardous waste spill or discharge, it is the university administration's responsibility to provide sufficient fiscal and human resources for effective response to and management of any hazardous waste emergency so as to minimize risk of injury to persons, destruction of property or damage to the environment.