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EHSRM Hazardous Waste Managers Deliver Immaculate Inspection Results

The Environmental Health, Safety, and Risk Management team earned a perfect score on an inspection of UTSA’s hazardous waste disposal process.

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) conducted a short-notice site inspection of UTSA’s hazardous waste program in June 2018. This was the first-ever inspection of this UTSA program, which was designated a “large-quantity waste generator” in April of 2105 due to the growth in research and academics on our Main Campus. The amount of regulated hazardous waste we generate now exceeds their threshold of 2,200 pounds per month, averaging more than 13,000 pounds quarterly.

As the school’s research and academic programs grow, so does the volume of hazardous waste that UTSA manages. The hazardous disposal program allows our research programs to thrive and expand. This successful program supports UTSA’s efforts to achieve Carnegie R1 institution classification.

The EHSRM waste team includes Richard Garza, Keith Slater, and Anthony McMullins. These men manage the program in strict adherence to federal and state regulations. “Both Keith and Anthony played a vital role in managing the university waste and complying with every area of the program,” said Richard Garza the Environmental and Construction Safety Manager. The inspection resulted in UTSA receiving zero violations.

UTSA must comply with:

  1. Record keeping and reporting.
  2. Maintaining records that reflect our waste generator status.
  3. Notifying our state regulators on the type of hazardous waste that UTSA generates.
  4. Making hazardous waste determinations and classifying the waste.
  5. Storing all waste in appropriate containment areas and in appropriate containers.
  6. Collecting, transferring, bulking, documenting, and shipping all hazardous waste in appropriate time frames to meet the large quantity generator requirements.

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UTSA's EHSRM team won the Complete Environmental Health and Safety Program Award of Honor from the Campus Safety, Health, and Environmental Management Association in 2016.



Posted 8-15-2018