HELP Meeting Minutes

May 17, 2000

I. Joe Skovron discussed a new DOT permitting system. Effective July 1, 2000, the DOT will require permits to dispose of hazardous wastes. Following are changes to the permit guidelines:

1. Class 7 radioactive

2. 25 kg explosives

3. 12 and 13 division

4. More than a litre of chemicals

5. Hazardous materials categorized as "other" or over 75,000 lbs.

A placard will be required when transporting hazardous materials.

An alternative to paying less money for a permit, you could ship more frequently. The fee for small businesses is $300 and $1,975 plus $25 filing fee for large businesses. By checking your sic code you can find if you are categorized as a large or small business.

II. Stericyle representatives were to be present for a question and answer session regarding their delivery schedule, but they did not come to the meeting. The attendees decided to continue the meeting and discuss their concerns.

It was suggested that a small committee be formed to address our concerns regarding the poor service quality from Stericycle. Following are some of the HELP group's concerns regarding Stericycle's performance:

Subcommittee members are:

Brad Gong
Tom Greene
Jim Denovan
Seth Stuebbe
Joe Skovron

It is our understanding that the process for disposing of hazardous waste is by drivers picking up the waste and transporting it to the Kirkland site, which is then transferred to the Morton site. If waste is not designated as incineration, then it is disposed of at Morton, otherwise it is sent to Oregon. This is determined by bar code color.

It is important that we formally relay our concerns to Stericycle. It was recommended that once the task group drafts a letter, to help in this regard. It was advised that formal complaints written to Stericycle have copies sent to representatives and senators.

A suggestion was brought forth that four or five representatives from the HELP Committee might want to meet with WUTC, senators, and house leadership, the Attorney General's office, the Governor of Science and Technical Advisor to discuss the concerns of poor service and the issue of only one vendor available in the Northwest region for the disposal of biomedical waste.

III. Brad Gong will be attending a workshop on May 25 at the Seattle Chamber of Commerce regarding the use of recyclable and durable materials.

IV. Brad Gong reported on a hazardous waste incident that happened in Bothell where a truckload of chemicals accidentally mixed and caused a fire. Some of the chemicals spilled into a nearby stream and tests were conducted for possible harm to fish and wildlife.

V. It was discussed that the new L&I ergonomics bill should be signed off by the end May. The update will be posted on the L & I web page. Legislature will review it in the fall for final passage before becoming state law.

VI. Tim McBride informed us that there is an onsite system available for treating biohazardous waste. It requires a 10 ft by 12 ft room and a steam supply. The waste is sterilized and ground up. Contact the Antaeus Group for more information (410-666-6160, www.redbag.com)

VII. As a follow up from a previous HELP meeting topic, the following documents are available through Carol Sangster of Chubb Insurance (206-224-4761, csangster@chubb.com):

Title: Standard Practices for Air Leakage Site Detection in Building Envelopes and Air Retarder Systems (doc# E1186)

Title: Standard Practice for Thermographic Inspection of Insulation Installations in Envelope Cavities of Frame Buildings (doc# C1060)

Title: Standard Guide for Examining Electrical and Mechanical Equipment with Infrared Thermography (doc# E1934)

Title: Standard Practice for Location of Wet Insulation in Roofing Systems Using Infrared Imaging (doc# C1153)

The next HELP meeting will be held July 19, 2000 at Corixa beginning at 9:00 a.m. The topic is a "Brain Teaser" so bring your most difficult health and safety questions.