This program is intended to provide training required by the United States EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) for faculty, paraprofessionals and other CCRI employees
whose duties involve the generation, handling, storage, transport, management or disposal
of hazardous waste within the College. Any questions about hazardous waste handling
should be referred to Rick Foote, Outsourcing Program Coordinator for Triumvirate
Environmental at email@example.com, Amy Falcao, EHS Consultant/RI Operations Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org. The information and training provided to individuals on the safe and legal management
of hazardous waste will do the following:
- Protect College employees and students from harm due to exposure to hazardous substances.
- Protect the College environment and the environment at large.
- Protect the College property.
- Protect the College from cleanup expenses resulting from accidental release of hazardous
- Protect the College from legal action from local authorities, the EPA and the Rhode
Island DEM (Department of Environmental Management) stemming from the incorrect handling
or discharge of hazardous waste.
- Enable College courses, programs and maintenance activities that generate hazardous
waste to continue to operate without exposing the College to the risk of civil and
What a Hazardous Waste Is
A hazardous waste is a solid, liquid or solid material identified in 40 CFR 261 that is a "Characteristic Waste" with one or more of the following descriptions:
- Ignitable (a liquid with a flashpoint less than 141°F, a spontaneously combustible solid, an ignitable compressed gas, or an oxidizer),
- Corrosive (an aqueous solution with a pH below 2.0 or above 12.5) a liquid which corrodes
steel at a rate of 0.25 inches per year, or;
- Reactive (an unstable material, reacts with air or water, explosive, generates toxic
gas or a cyanide or sulfide bearing waste), or;
- Toxic (RCRA metals such as chromium, lead, silver, mercury, cadmium; or pesticides,
organic solvents, chlorinated solvents); and
- Is discarded, has served its intended use or is a manufacturing by-product, and;
- That is not domestic sewage, a household waste or a sample collected for testing.
Where Hazardous Wastes Are Generated at CCRI and What Kinds Are Generated
Hazardous wastes are generated in the following areas, among others and may include:
- Chemistry Laboratories (heavy metal solutions, organic residues and organic solvents).
- Other Science Laboratories (mercury waste, dead batteries, used test reagents).
- Dental Materials Laboratory (waste amalgam, waste impression material).
- Ceramics Studios (glazes containing heavy metal pigments).
- Other Art Studios such as Painting and Crafts (unneeded paints, paint thinners and
- Photography Darkrooms (silver in used developer, fixer and fixer remover solutions).
- Vehicle Maintenance Garages (used antifreeze, lubricants, sprays, crankcase oil).
- Other Maintenance and Operations Activities (dead batteries, oil-base and aerosol
- Janitorial Activities (unused cleaners, discarded chemicals).
- Electrical Maintenance (burned-out fluorescent and mercury vapor lights, lighting
- Food Preparation Areas (cleaning supplies, oils).
- Swimming Pool Maintenance (unused chlorinating and pH adjusting chemicals).
- Computer Labs (obsolete computer equipment containing lead and other toxic substances).
Where Hazardous Wastes Are Stored
Hazardous waste is stored in two types of locations: in Satellite Accumulation Areas
and in Main Hazardous Waste Storage Areas.
- In Satellite Accumulation Areas, wastes are collected in a bulk container, typically a 30-gallon plastic drum or
a five-gallon screw-top plastic pail, and stored at the point of generation until
the collection container is full. Examples of wastes collected this way are photo
developing solutions, organic residues and solvents and laboratory heavy metal solutions.
Up to 55 gallons of hazardous waste or one quart of acutely hazardous waste may be
accumulated for any length of time until the container is full. The area must be clearly
marked, Satellite Accumulation Area and secured or separated from the normal laboratory
or work area. Collection containers must always be securely closed except during the
act of filling. It is the responsibility of the person whose activity generates the
waste or the of the appropriate laboratory paraprofessional to have the container
moved to the Main Hazardous Waste Storage Area within three days of filling a container
by calling the office of the Physical Plant Director for transport assistance. Small,
accurately labeled containers of unused chemicals may be taken directly to the Main
Hazardous Waste Storage Area by the person originally responsible for the container
and placed in a secondary containment vessel away from incompatible materials. If
a person wishing to dispose of a surplus hazardous substance as waste does not have
training and access to a Main Hazardous Waste Storage Area, he or she may ask a trained
person, such as a chemistry paraprofessional for assistance or access.
- Main Accumulation (Hazardous Waste Storage) Areas at CCRI are: Main Accumulation Areas are secure, restricted-access, locked rooms, with an impervious
concrete floor and a berm to prevent escape of spilled waste. These are the locations
where hazardous wastes are stored, separate from other materials, prior to removal
by a licensed hazardous waste handler. Bulk collection containers are stored on the
floor. Smaller, labeled containers are segregated according to compatibility on designated
shelves inside secondary containers such as chemical resistant plastic trays. The
Main Accumulation Areas have a Hazardous Waste sign posted on their doors and are
equipped with an automatic fire suppression system, emergency cleanup equipment and
two-way communication with the Department of Security Department and Campus Police.
Each Main Accumulation Area must be inspected at least weekly by the Chemical Safety
Coordinator, a laboratory paraprofessional or other trained, qualified person for
leaks, proper segregation of chemicals and proper labeling. A log sheet is provided
in each Main Hazardous Waste Storage Area to keep a record of these weekly inspections
as required by the EPA. Bulk collection containers must have an EPA-approved label
on the side, filled out as described below.
- Flanagan Campus Room 0120
- Knight Campus Room 0138
- Liston Campus room 1300
- Newport Campus Room 001
How Hazardous Wastes Are Labeled
Collection containers must have a Hazardous Waste Label affixed to the side. An example
of a Hazardous Waste Label is appended at the end of this document. Before any waste
is put into a bulk waste container, the following information must be entered on the
label in the appropriate spaces.
The full name of the College and the full address of the campus housing the waste.
The EPA ID Number for the campus. EPA identification numbers for the four CCRI campuses
- Flanagan Campus, Lincoln, RI
- Liston Campus; Providence, RI
- Knight Campus, Warwick, RI
- Newport County Campus, Newport, RI
The EPA hazard name(s): Ignitable, Corrosive, Reactive or Toxic (one or more as needed)
A full description of the waste with all its components listed, using names, of substances,not
Containers of commercial products such as cleaning solutions and oils should be accompanied
by the original product label and a SDS.
(Burned-out fluorescent lights and mercury vapor lights are classified as Universal
Waste by CCRI. Their disposal is described in CCRI's Universal Waste Plan.
How Long Hazardous Wastes Can Be Stored
As of 2014, all RIDEM regulations have changed regarding hazardous wastes, and the
state now recognizes CCRI's four campuses as four separate small quantity generators.
We are therefore able to utilize 180 days of storage in main accumulation areas.
Response to a Spill or other Incident Involving Hazardous Wastes
Due to the limited types of chemicals and wastes stored at this College, determining
the source and nature of a spill is relatively simple. Ample area is provided within
the storage rooms so that each drum, can or bottle can be visually inspected and any
leaking container easily identified. All chemical and waste containers are properly
labeled and easily identified by sight so the Chemical Safety Coordinator or other
trained person can assess the source, amount, and extent of a released material by
visual inspection. Precautions such as inventory reduction and use of secondary containers
have been taken to minimize the potential for a spill. If a spill occurs, the first
person on the scene should immediately contact the Department of Security and Safety
and Campus Police for the campus at 333-7035 (FC), 825-2109 (KC), 455-6050 (LC) or 851-1621 (NC) and the Chemical Safety Coordinator at 333-7140. The Chemical Safety
Coordinator or other qualified person will inspect the spill area and assesses the
quantity spilled, determine the identity of the spilled material, and assess the potential
for migration of the spill.
Cleanup of Minor Spills by College Personnel if Permitted by Law
For very small, minor leaks or spills, or spills of nonhazardous substances, each
Main Hazardous Waste Storage Area is equipped with the following tools, engineering
controls, emergency cleanup materials and personal protective equipment:
- Spill Pillows for soaking up minor sills of solvents, oils, acids and bases.
- Pails of loose absorbent material for soaking up spills of solvents, oils, acids and
- Pails of granular sodium carbonate for absorbing and neutralizing spilled acids.
- Shovels and scoops for dispensing absorbent materials and sodium carbonate.
- Empty pails and drums for containing absorbent material used to soak up spills.
- Vinyl, latex and neoprene gloves.
- Eye wash station.
- Automatic exhaust ventilation
- First aid kit
- Chemical splash goggles.
- Automatic carbon dioxide fire suppression system.
It is expected that the vast majority of spills at the College will be minor. If the
spill is determined by someone trained in hazardous waste management to be minor (such
as a small leak or small spill) and not a threat to the life, health or well-being
of any individual, and does not produce any toxic or irritating vapors, then the following
cleanup procedure may be carried out: If there is any doubt as to the severity of
the incident, then notify the Chemical Safety Coordinator or the Department of Security
and Safety and Campus Police.
- The contaminated area is roped off or otherwise protected from unauthorized entry.
- Absorbent is spread around the leaking container in sufficient quantity to absorb
and contain the leaking material.
- The spent absorbent medium is placed with scoops into a DOT-approved open head steel
or plastic drum, whichever is appropriate for containing the spilled material. The
drum must have a HAZARDOUS WASTE label on its side with the college name, campus address,
campus EPA identification number, date the barrel was filled, and a complete chemical
description of the waste inside. The barrel must be stored in a Main Hazardous Waste
Storage Area prior to off-site disposal by a licensed hazardous waste handler.
- Contaminated surfaces are cleaned with a non-toxic solvent or water-soluble cleaner
and the contaminated cleaning supplies placed in the barrel with the bulk of the absorbed
Should an acute emergency situation arise, the College is prepared to react quickly
and in a manner that will protect the safety of all employees and students, the safety
of all emergency response personnel, and will mitigate potential adverse effects on
the environment as outlined in Part IV of CCRI’s General contingency Plan, p 47, Fires-Policies
For all but minor spills, CCRI employees are forbidden by law to attempt cleanup operations.
Anyone detecting or suspecting a large spill or other potentially serious incident
must notify the Department of Security and Safety and Campus Police for the campus
at 825-2109 (Warwick), 333-7035 (Lincoln), 455-6050 (Providence) or 851-1620 (Newport)
and the Chemical Safety Coordinator at 401-333-7140. The Department of Security and
Safety and Campus Police will determine if there is a need to notify the local fire
department or evacuate the building. For any significant spill or incident, the College
is also obligated by law to contact the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management
at 401-222-1360 during business hours or at 401-222-3070 after hours. One of the five
cleanup contractors listed below will be called in by the Chemical Safety Coordinator
or by the Department of Security and Safety and Campus Police to mitigate the spill.
200 Inner Belt Road
Somerville, MA 02143
Fleet Environmental Services
100 Water Street
East Providence, RI 02914
Clean Harbors Environmental Services
1 Terminal Road
Providence, RI 02905
CYN Environmental Services
7 Morgan Mill Road
Johnston, RI 02919
ATC Lincoln Associates
333 Washington Highway
Smithfield, RI 02917
Tel: 800-659-3353 or 401-232-3353
For cleanup of spilled or released biohazardous material, the master Price Agreement
lists the following contractor:
Clean Harbors Environmental Services
Providence, RI 02905
Removal of Hazardous Waste From College Premises
Hazardous waste and unneeded excess chemicals may only be removed from College premises
by a licensed vendor. The Chemical Safety Coordinator makes arrangements for pickup
and disposal at regular intervals before the material exceeds the legal storage time.
The Rhode Island Division of Purchases chooses the hazardous waste removal vendor
and verifies the vendor's credentials and qualifications. The Chemical Safety Coordinator
announces removal dates in advance in the Crier and by memos sent to all departments
with the potential to generate hazardous waste. Original copies of hazardous waste
manifests are on file in the EHS Outsourcing Office, Room 3538, on the second floor
of the Lincoln Campus.