The Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) Office is responsible for ensuring that faculty, staff, and administration are competent to perform all necessary functions relating to environmental compliance.
The EHS Office is responsible for ensuring training is available and adequate to the nature of our business. Environmental programs include the following:
Hazardous Waste Management
Various hazardous wastes are generated at our College sites from routine processes in Health Sciences, the Visual Arts Program, and College maintenance.
Know what wastes your area generates. Ensure all of your waste containers are properly labeled before filling, and keep track of date generated and quantities to ensure compliance.
Hazardous waste management may be requested by contacting us.
See Also: important information about Hazardous Waste Labels.
Universal Waste Management
Universal waste are hazardous wastes that are common among a wide sect of industry. The EPA allows organizations to handle these wastes under an alternative set of rules because of the common nature of generation.
TMCC handles the following as universal waste:
- Batteries (Ni-Cad, Lithium-ion, Lead Acid, Alkaline)
Batteries should never be thrown in the general trash. Instead, they should be accumulated in a small box or bin with the terminals taped as to prevent contact between terminals.
Facilities Operations maintenance staff will handle your spent lamps for recycling.
Biological Hazardous Waste Management
A variety of biological agents are generated at the TMCC Physical and Biological Science Labs that can cause disease in humans, or significant environmental or agricultural impact.
The responsibility for biosafety at TMCC is a team effort requiring the direct involvement of the TMCC Biosafety Committee, TMCC EHS Safety Officer, Prep Lab Coordinators and staff, faculty members and laboratory workers, including Instructional Assistants (IA) and student workers.
Non-Regulated Waste Management
Non-regulated wastes are wastes that can easily be reused, recycled, or be processed under waste-to-energy programs. Typical non-regulated wastes generated at TMCC are used oil, used anti-freeze, off-spec gasoline and diesel fuel.
Training can be scheduled by contacting us.