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Emergency Numbers
Table of Contents
Introduction
1. EH&S Policy
2. Occupational Injury
3. Public Safety
4. Emergencies
5.  Injury/Illness
6. Asbestos
7. Hazardous Waste
8. Bio Waste
9. Rad Waste
10. Recycling
11. HazCom & DHS
12. Office Safety
13. Lab Safety
14 Shop Safety
15 Personal Protection
16. Hazard Evaluation
17. Safe Lifting
18. Safety Policies
19. Warning Signs
20. Safety Services
21. Non-lab Training
22. Research Training
23. Training classes
Location Map

10. MINIMIZATION & RECYCLING

NMSU is dedicated to the protection of the environment and to the preservation of national resources.  Objectively evaluate and identify opportunities in your work area that may reduce or eliminate the generation of any waste item, including waste chemicals.  Waste minimization includes such techniques as:

Purchase Control.  Covers areas such as purchasing only the necessary amount of material required to complete a job and establishing a centralized purchasing system within departments to prevent purchase duplication.

Inventory Control.  Covers such items as the redistribution of unused materials to other campus users or returning unused, unopened materials to vendors for credit.  Clear and proper labeling of all containers is also included within this area.

Operational Controls.  This topic covers periodically reviewing protocols to ensure chemical usage is minimized; reducing chemical usage in experimentation by using micro-scale techniques when practical and evaluating less hazardous substitutes when feasible.

Examples of these controls include but are not limited to:

  • Making double-sided photocopies when practical.
  • Using recycled and recyclable materials such as non- glossy, non-colored paper stock.
  • Using specialty, biodegradable glass cleaning detergents versus sulfuric acid/chromic acid cleaners.
  • Using specimens preserved in a less toxic preservative versus those preserved in formaldehyde-based preservatives.
  • Utilizing aqueous-based preservatives and degreasers
  • Using a heat gun versus chemical-based paint strippers.

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