When conducting a chemical inventory, be sure to do a complete inventory and include Safety Data Sheets for all chemicals. Wear the protective safety gear and do not involve students.
Safety Data Sheets
Label everything and label according the the GHS standard. Stop using archaic chemical names. Preserve you labeling efforts by using durable, waterproof labels and noting the expiration dates.
Emergency Contact List
Keep an up-to-date emergency contact list by the classroom telephone for staff and students. Be sure to post staff contacts as well as local emergency facilities.
Do not buy list
When purchasing new chemicals, avoid those listed in the below links. Do not buy hazardous chemicals that were just removed from your school.
Though bulk chemicals may be cheaper, avoid buying more than the necessities. Bulk chemicals tend to take up valuable storage space, expire, gather moisture, and can be cross contaminated. The cost of removing these bulk chemicals will be more expensive than the discount of the initial purchase.
Steer clear of exotic chemicals. If you don’t regularly use it, you probably don’t need it.
Do not accept donated chemicals. You cannot verify their purity nor the accuracy of the label. You are merely alleviating the donor of the removal cost and burdening yourself with another's waste.
If you have funds to purchase new chemicals, consider earmarking a portion for future chemical removal. Hazardous waste removal is expensive and most schools do not budget for this expense.
Reporting an incident:
Call 1-800-321-OSHA (6742)
Call your nearest OSHA area office, during normal business hours
Report online to OSHA
Resources by state
24-Hour Environmental Complaint and Spill Line: 800-662-8802
District of Columbia
- Department of the Environment - Hazardous Waste
- Maryland Science Safety Manual - Chemicals: Managing, Handling and Disposing