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EPA Peer Audit / Regulatory Compliance 

The Environmental Affairs Program is the lead entity in maintenance of environmental compliance through the development of programs and processes related to water quality, air quality, regulated waste management, chemical storage tanks, and EPA regulated chemicals. This program is responsible for assisting Emory in preparation for the campus-wide EPA Peer Audit.

Regulated Waste Management
Biomedical / Biohazardous 

Chemical - The Environmental Affairs Program operates the chemical and universal waste (i.e. lamps and batteries) disposal program for Emory University, Emory College, Oxford College, Emory University Hospital and the Emory Clinic (main campus). Chemical waste is routinely generated as a result of clinical, research, teaching and maintenance operations and is highly regulated by several government agencies. Our office provides guidance on the proper management and disposal of chemical wastes as well as receives unused chemicals as part of a surplus chemical redistribution program.

Radiation - The Environmental Affairs Program administers the radioactive waste program for Emory University, Emory College, Emory University Hospital, Crawford Long Hospital, and the Emory Clinic (main campus). Our objective is to minimize waste volumes, ensure proper storage before disposal, and to ensure proper final disposal of all radioactive waste generated at Emory University and all affiliated locations. Appropriately lined and labeled waste containers are provided to radioactive material users for segregation of waste into three different waste streams to include dry, liquid, and liquid scintillation vials. The final route of disposal depends on the radioisotope, activity, and physical and chemical form of the waste.

Environmental / Sustainability Initiatives
The Environmental Affairs Program works with the Director of Sustainability Initiatives to develop and implement programs to promote sustainability and environmental conscience at Emory University and affiliated locations. For example, the program encourages the use of green chemicals, mercury minimization, and waste reduction.


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Decommissioning 

Equipment contaminated with biological agents, chemicals, and/ or radiation must be decontaminated and decommissioned for being relocated, serviced, or sent to surplus. Laboratories and other locations that are potentially contaminated with hazardous agents must be decontaminated and decommissioned before repairs, renovations, or maintenance can occur.

Emergency Response

The Environmental Affairs Program responds to spills / releases of hazardous materials at Emory University, Emory College, and Oxford College. This program has personnel that are trained to respond to releases of hazardous materials and the appropriate equipment to address most situations. If an event occurs that is beyond the capacity of EHSO to safely handle, external resources are activated.

Engineering Controls 

The Engineering Controls section of the Environmental Affairs Program provides certification and testing for containment equipment such as Biological Safety Cabinets, Clean Benches, and Chemical Fume Hoods. Containment equipment must be certified annually, after maintenance, and following a move. Engineering Controls also verifies adequate laboratory ventilation and proper function of BSL-3 laboratories.

Laboratory / Facility Design 

The Environmental Affairs Program is involved in the design of laboratories and other areas where hazardous materials are used at Emory. Our involvement is to ensure that the necessary safety controls (eyewashes, proper ventilation, emergency showers, etc.) are in place for operations that will be conducted in the building or area.

Laboratory Relocation and Closures 

Laboratories that intend to relocate or move must contact the Environmental Affairs Program promptly, so that the office can ensure that environmental, safety, and health concerns associated with laboratory moves and closures are properly addressed. This includes preparing certain equipment for safe moving, proper disposal of hazardous materials and proper packaging of chemicals to be transported on campus.