September 20, 2000
- The meeting started at 9:10 AM with Introductions.
- Jo Walentiny, Regional EH&S Manager for Bio-Rad
Laboratories presented an overview of the EH&S Systems at
Bio-Rad Laboratories in Washington. The system is built from the
grass roots and has organization-wide dedication.
- Jim Denovan of EIC Environmental Health & Safety presented
a very brief summary flammable solids and the Uniform Fire Code.
In addition, the attendees discussed some of the inconsistencies
in the fire codes and local jurisdiction's interpretations and
- Denise Bender of Immunex talked about some of their pollution
prevention achievements over the past eight years. Major progress
was made in distillation of ethanol/xylene waste and silver
recovery. Switching to small bore HPLC has reduced Acetonitrile
waste production. They also switched from methanol to less toxic
ethanol for some of their staining processes. The group discussed
the importance of factoring in increased production and research
activities into pollution prevention reporting and some of the
difficulties in communicating changes. Also, R&D activities
can vary dramatically from year to year. Denise also talked about
the CerOx cerium oxidation process for treating organic chemicals,
- The group indicated interest in hearing from regulators about
pollution prevention trends in a future HELP meeting. Of special
interest is trends in the industry and specific ideas for dealing
with laboratory waste.
- Jim Denovan presented the results of a member's survey of
reactions to customer service complaints in relation to Stericyle,
the current owner of BFI and the only medical waste disposal
contractor in the area. Thirteen responses have been received so
far with common complaints ranging from failure to pick up wastes
to not delivering enough containers or lids to failure to return
calls. Only one formal complaint has been logged.
- Bill Rowe from the University of Washington brought a list of
state-audited waste disposal firms. The group also discussed
recycling options for batteries. The International Metals
Reclamation Company, Inc. (INMETCO) recycles batteries.
- The next meeting will be November 15 at 9:00 AM at CTI in