|CHEMICAL REDISTRIBUTION PILOT PROJECT|
Unused and unopened chemicals being disposed of as waste due to a change in research, or discontinuation of a specific research protocol, will be redistributed to other laboratories that can utilize the chemical. The sharing of unused chemicals will reduce the amount of chemical waste generated.
This project will initially be implemented throughout the University of Michigan (U-M) Medical Campus, affecting hundreds of laboratories in twenty different buildings. Chemicals being redistributed will be tracked through a computer software program being developed by the U-M Integrated Technology Department.
40 CFR Parts 260-268.
Overview of Procedure
All chemicals to be included in the program will be entered into the database prior to being stored in the designated storage location within the Occupational Safety and Environmental Health (OSEH) Medical Science Research Building III (MSRB III).
As a chemical is dispensed, it will be removed from the database. The information correlating to the redistributed chemical (chemical name, quantity, the researchers name and location) shall be accessible in a separate database for accountability and tracking purposes.
A real time inventory of all available chemicals will be available through the OSEH P2000 Home Page. As a U-M researcher accesses the inventory and finds a chemical he/she needs, the individual will order the chemical on-line by completing a chemical order form.
The data management system will also incorporate a "wish list" function that will enable a U-M employee to order a chemical that is currently not in stock. When a "wish listed" chemical comes into the MSRB III facility, an automatic function will flag it as a previously requested chemical and provide the necessary information to contact the individual who requested the chemical.
U-M OSEH Hazardous Materials personnel will obtain chemicals during routine chemical waste pick-ups. Initially only acids, solvents, bases, precious metals, and bicarbonates will be included in the project. Chemicals included in the project will be held for a pre-designated period of time, determined by type of chemical, age and shelf life. If they are not redistributed by the expiration date, the chemicals will be properly disposed of. Only unused/unopened chemicals with a maximum quantity of five gallons per container will be included in the pilot project. Biological materials, radioactive materials, and other constituents and products will not be included in the project.
The lack of chemical purity assurance may be a barrier to full acceptance of the program by researchers, even though the chemicals accepted for redistribution are unused and unopened.
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