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Colleges & Universities Chemical Management System

Organization(s) Environmental Protection Agency - Region 1
Project Description On April 14, 2003, Gina Snyder, George Frantz, and representatives of Boston College and the University of Massachusetts visited the University of New Hampshire (UNH) to learn about their chemical management system. The comprehensive computer-based system includes barcode identification of all incoming chemicals, a complete chemical inventory, distribution information, and end-of-life data for chemicals that are used-up or removed for disposal. The system also includes information on training, MSDSs, hazards, and extremely hazardous chemicals that receive priority attention by college officials. The system allows "surplus chemicals" to be placed for "adoption" rather than disposal. Preliminary findings indicate that the new system has resulted in a 14 percent reduction in hazardous waste, but it is too soon to attribute this result to a specific cause. UNH designed the system and is making it available.

More Info www.epa.gov/NE/assistance/univ/chem.html
Project Contact
Name George Frantz
Phone (617) 918-1883
Project Keywords
Areas of P2 Expertise Environmental Management Systems
Industrial Sectors Chemicals Manufacturing
Activity Keywords Research and development
Newsletter Northeast States Pollution Prevention News - Vol. 13 No. 2, Summer 2003 [PDF]


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