HELP Group Meeting Minutes

Wednesday, 18 November 1998

ICOS, Bothell


Brad Gong of ICOS who provided coffee and scones opened the meeting. Everyone present introduced him or herself and told where they worked. Brad asked who might be able to host the January meeting. Rebecca J. Stager, EHS Officer at Cell Therapeutics, Inc. offered the cti downtown site. The next meeting will be on Wednesday 20th January 1999.

Rebecca asked for topic suggestions for the January meeting. Two suggestions were given: dangerous goods shipping and behavior-based safety. Rebecca planned to contact possible speakers and determine what the topic would be based on availability.

Main Speaker

The speaker for the meeting was David A. Waddell, Senior Environmental Investigator, from the King County Water and Land Resources Division, Hazardous Waste Management Program.

Mr. Waddell talked about inspector perspectives and focus and provided valuable information about drain disposal guidelines for King County. He discussed the approaches of several of the inspectors and gave examples of violations he has observed. He pointed out some specific chemicals, including sodium azide and janitorial/cleaning supplies that have recently caused a stir within the Hazardous Waste Management Program. Mr. Waddell provided copies of his slides and a ìLaboratory Waste Management Guideî that outlines specific limits set by King County for drain disposal. Copies of these materials will be available at the next meeting or can be obtained by calling Rebecca J. Stager at 206-378-4238.


Other Meeting Topics: Respiratory Protection Discussion

Brad covered some of the changes of the new OSHA respiratory protection standard released earlier this year. WA WISHA released a draft of itís proposed standard in October. In general, the WA standard mimics the federal standard, however areas on concerning fit testing, medical examination and training may be more restrictive in the final WA standard. For most parties present in the room the main points of interest from the new standard are as follows:

Fit testing now required for all tight-fitting respirators (including SCBA).

Chemical cartridges must have a set change-out schedule; breath-through is no longer an acceptable indicator of cartridge failure.

A respiratory Program Administrator must be designated to oversee the program.

More information about the standard can be obtained from the OSHA webpage. New to the webpage (since the November meeting) is a Respiratory Protection Advisor that contains great information about cartridge change-out and picking the right respirator. The advisor can be accessed via the OSHA main webpage or directly at

Next Meeting

The next meeting will be at Cell Therapeutics, Inc. on Wednesday January 20th, 1999 starting at 9am. Gary Lindsey, the Western Territory Manager for AllPak Corporation will speak on the current state of DOT/IATA regulations. He will cover recent changes to rules and provide some insight to the forces behind the changes. A main focus will be on the shipment of biological materials. In addition, Bill Rowe of the University of Washington will discuss some of the issues surrounding the recent violation received by the University in regard to dangerous goods shipments. He will talk about how the violation was discovered, the process leading up to the citation and how the University has attempted to appease the regulators.

Questions regarding the January meeting can be directed to Rebecca J. Stager at 206-378-4238 or

Mailing Lists / email addresses

If you have an email address and would like to receive minutes via email (instead of via snail mail) please send your address to Rebecca at so she can update the current member listing. If you know of someone who would like to be added to the mailing list, please forward their contact information to Rebecca and invite them to the January meeting. A member list will be available at the January meeting.