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{Past Event} - Sharing Success! Toxicity Reduction in Laboratories

August 11, 2006 - 1:00 pm - August 11, 2006 - 1:00 pm -- Eastern Standard Time


There are numerous opportunities for laboratory toxicity reduction — but where to start? The laboratory offers challenges (as many departments do) because they often run 24/7, staffers are accustomed to doing things a certain way and not too interested in changing, space is at a premium, chemicals that contain mercury as a preservative can't always be identified by looking at the MSDS and when there are multiple research facilities, it's sometimes challenging to standardize operations. The New York Academy of Sciences issued a report in 2002 regarding mercury in the New York/New Jersey Harbor. 25% was reported from health care and another 15% from laboratories. Do you know what's going down your drain? In order to win H2E's Making Medicine Mercury Free Award, your laboratory must eliminate mercury-devices (one can be approved for calibration of equipment) and review chemicals in use to ensure steps are being taken to switch to mercury free reagents, wherever possible.

Takehome Value

The value of this call is both regulatory perspective and hands-on, practical, real-life experiences. Two organizations are going to share their challenges and successes they experienced in tracking of acutely toxic chemicals, measuring effluent for hazardous materials, mercury elimination and how they worked as a team to approach toxicity reduction in the lab setting - with both internal and external support. Helpful forms and guidance documents are available for download.

Additional Resources


Janet Brown, H2E
Janet Brown joined Hospitals for a Healthy Environment as Partner Coordinator in 2004. Janet works with “partner” facilities across the nation in their environmental goal setting and program implementation. Janet is on the Steering Committee of the H2E-Sponsored Green Guide for Health Care, a self-certifying tool to improve healthcare’s design, construction, and daily operations. Janet writes a column “Greening Your Practice” for Holistic Primary Care, a magazine for primary care physicians. Janet coordinated health care environmental management programs for Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City from 1991 – 2004. Beth Israel received numerous awards including the EPA’s Environmental Quality Award in 2001. Janet lives in Amherst, MA with her husband and two children.

Dave Waddell, Local Hazardous Waste Mgmt in King County, WA
Telephone: 206-263-3069
Dave Waddell works with the Local Hazardous Waste Management Program in King County, Washington, where he provides technical assistance and pollution prevention guidance to businesses and agencies, and is the coordinator of their project management system. From 1991 to 2004 he worked as the Lead Environmental Investigator for their on-site consultation program, providing technical and regulatory guidance to small businesses, schools and agencies. He chairs the Puget Sound Medical Industry Waste Prevention Roundtable, is a board member of NAHMMA, the North American Hazardous Materials Management Association, and was the manager of “Rehab the Lab,” an innovative program that removed over 38 tons of hazardous chemicals from secondary schools. Dave has worked in the water quality and hazardous waste fields since 1984. He holds a BS from Huxley College of the Environment. He is a frequent speaker on the topics of hazardous waste management, pollution prevention, school chemicals and evaluating environmental effectiveness. Dave Waddell is balding, gregarious and tells entertaining, if very long, stories at the drop of a hat. He’s been in the hazardous waste field since his 21 year-old daughter was born and forced him to drop out of grad school and get a real job. He loves his job with the Local Hazardous Waste Management Program in King County, Washington, though not as much as the one where he was paid by Ronald Reagan’s appointees to set fires in California forests. He likes to laugh and drink fine wines. Often simultaneously. Especially if you're buying

Michael Gilmer, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
Telephone: (210) 567-2987
Michael Gilmer is a Qualified Environmental Professional (QEP), Certified Hazardous Material Manager (CHMM), and a Certified Safety Professional (CSP). He received his Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences from the University of California, Davis. He also holds a Master of Science in Microbiology from San Diego State University and a Master of Science in Environmental Science from the University of Texas San Antonio.
Michael is currently the Environmental Protection Manager at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. He develops, administers, and interprets programs and policies for a comprehensive environmental protection program. His duties include responding to and investigating potential environmental releases. He also develops and administers the hazardous waste management, pollution prevention, and training programs for biological, radiological, and chemical waste streams.

Rebecca Bloodworth, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
Environmental Health & Safety Department
Telephone: (210) 567-2955
Rebecca Bloodworth received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of the Incarnate Word, San Antonio, Texas. She is a Certified Fire Plan Examiner, and is currently preparing for the Certified Hazardous Materials Manager (CHMM) examination. She has over thirteen years of experience in the biomedical research environment. As Chemical Safety Manager, she is responsible for developing, administering, and interpreting programs and policies for a comprehensive chemical safety program. Her duties include overseeing the laboratory evaluation program for UTHSCSA, along with safety training for faculty, staff and students.

Wendy Walters, Park Nicollet Health Services – Methodist Hospital
Telephone: 952/993-3710
Wendy is the Manager of the Anatomic Pathology Laboratory at Park Nicollet Health Services - Methodist Hospital in St. Louis Park Minnesota. Wendy is a Medical Technologist with a specialty qualification in Flow Cytometry. She has many years of experience in the Flow Cytometry field and has been the manager of the AP Laboratory for the last 10 years. Wendy has acquired extensive experience dealing with chemical waste stream issues in Histology, Cytology and the General lab during her tenure as a Laboratory manager. This experience began with her training & understanding of local laws & ordinances pertaining to waste in her area of charge. Wendy sees that all staff is trained in the safe handling & disposal of all waste. Additionally, her laboratory was recycling xylene & ethanol. Up until 2004, Wendy & her colleagues felt that they had up to date knowledge & training of requirements for chemical waste handling & disposal. In 2004 Wendy welcomed local inspectors to inspect her laboratory and they found some deficiencies that were unexpected. Now the real education in understanding the chemical waste disposal was to begin…

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