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Online Chemical Waste

Management Training –

Design, Implementation and


Kevin M. Eichinger, CHMM Environmental Health Specialist


22ndAnnual College &

University Hazardous Waste Conference Roanoke, Virginia August 8-10, 2004

Managing Today for a Greener Tomorrow

Discussion Points

• Introduction

• Training Philosophy

• Why Online Training

• Design

• Implementation and Feedback

• Management and Costs


• Staff Demographics

– 14 Member Staff

– 2 Fire Protection Student Interns, 1 WebCT Intern


– ~700 Labs on the Newark Campus

– 82,146 pounds of Hazardous Waste Generated in 2003 – 63,125pounds of Non-Hazardous/Non-RCRA Waste Generated – ~100,000 pounds of Hazardous Materials Recycled



Training Philosophy

• Principal Investigators, Supervisors, Instructors, etc are

responsible per University Policy to assure that everyone

working with chemical waste receives training. They are

responsible for managing the documentation.

• In spite of the policy, have a suspicion that PI’s are not

documenting (or even providing) the chemical waste


• Have sat through Department provided waste training

and have found many, many issues.

• Believe that OHS should provide all waste training.

Why Online Training

• Consistency

– Assures that all students receive the same information – Uniformity amongst all of our safety training programs

• Can be taken at the participants own pace

– Can stop anywhere in the program and pick up later – International Students and Non-English Speaking students and

staff can translate written text better than a lecture

• Can assure that the student has read and absorbed the


– Students must past the quizzes with a 100% in order to move onto the next section and receive a training certificate

Why Online Training

• Central database for training records

– We still require the PI, Supervisors, etc. to keep a copy of all training records

– Have a record that laboratory personnel are receiving appropriated waste management training

• Frees up time for other program management activities

• Able to train individuals that were never trained before

– Students taking chemistry and biology classes at a freshmen level



• Started with my PowerPoint Training Program

– Created the presentation from a user point of view • Step-wise approach; Step 1: What is Chemical Waste, Step 2:

Selecting a Container, Step 3: Labeling, Step 4: Adding Waste to a Container, Step 5: Storing Your Waste, Step 6: Inspecting Waste Storage Areas, Step 7: Getting Waste Removed from Your Lab • Graphic intensive

• Already had good feedback regarding this approach

• Provided a basic script for each slide and created a

group of quiz questions for each section

• Student Intern then created the pages


• Broke the seven steps into categories

– Chemical Waste Introduction • Why Waste Must be Managed Properly • What is Chemical Waste (Step 1) • Selecting a Chemical Waste Container (Step 2) – Special Considerations and Labeling

• Specific Management and Container Information • Labeling the Chemical Waste Container (Step 3)

– Adding, Storing, Removing and Inspecting Waste (Step 4, 5, 6, 7) – Violations, Waste Minimization and Resources

• Each specific category has a quiz

Design Tips and Suggestions

• Tried to keep program under one hour

• Kept all of the important text “above the fold”

• Used “Mouse Overs” to expand the amount of

information on the page

• Tried not to use video clips

• Did not provide live links that took them to other




• WebCT is used University wide managed by IT

– Used for distance learning and online courses

• Advertised programs at Safety Committee Meetings,

through Safety Contacts and individually emailed

Professors and Instructors

• Instructors, Supervisor, etc. request and provide a list of

people to be entered into the program

– Classes send course rosters – Departments send over a list



• Overall feedback was positive and shows a need for

training of this format.

• Students did provide some interesting and colorful


– “I think training like this is a waste of my time and my money. I pay the university to teach me NOT the internet. I feel this material would be better covered by the teacher or lab TA and I feel the university would be more responsible to do so.”


• Does not provide specific process related training

– Students still need to go back and be taught how to manage “their” waste

– Used to gain entry into Clean Room, but Clean Room staff did not provide specific training. One of the Clean Rooms has a Chlorine Detection System. Every time acid waste is managed outside of the fumehood system, the Hazardous Gas Alarm is activated

• Not a substitute for all chemical waste generators

– Lecture format allows for questions and immediate answers

• Believe it or not, some researchers would rather have me

lecture instead of taking the online course


• Confusing program with no obvious directions

– Provided directions to users when they were entered in the system

– Tried to address each individual concern in the program

• Problems with specific computers (older)

– Limited the number of video clips

• Could not print from certain computers or they had to

pay for the print out


Management and Costs

• Cost to develop and manage the chemical waste program

– $1500.00 (158 hours)

• Currently have nine fully functional online training


– R-T-K Basic — R-T-K Advanced

– New Graduate Student Lab — New Graduate Student Non-Lab – Chemical Waste — Bloodborne Pathogens – Biosafety — Biosafety Awareness – HF Acid Refresher Training — DOT Dry Ice Shipping

• Working on two others

– Laser Safety — X-Ray Safety


• Contact Information

– Kevin Eichinger



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