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Safer School Labs and Safer Art Supply Alternatives
AZ Deptartment of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) Releases Schools Chemical Management Toolkit to Assist Schools in Maintaining HPCSafe Classroom Environment
The 60-page schools chemical management toolkit publication was designed to assist school districts throughout the state in managing chemicals used at schools. The toolkit was developed to provide Arizona schools with basic information and resources needed to remove unnecessary, outdated or unknown chemicals from school labs and storage places. It provides guidance to prevent chemical mismanagement of incidents in schools and also serves as an educational tool to heighten awareness of the importance of proper chemical management.

Creating Safer School Labs

This external link will take you to King County Washington-Waste Management Program, Rehab the Lab. At this site you can check out:
  • Lab Safety videos for chemical management, high hazards, lab safety / storage, spills and proper disposal
  • Training tools / guides for High Schools teachers and students using least toxic chemistry

The new 2012 Laboratory Waste Management Guide has been released by the Local Hazardous Waste Management Program in King County

The Laboratory Waste Management Guide addresses a broad range of issues and waste streams found in laboratories. The practices recommended in these guidelines will help analytical, medical, teaching, and biotechnology labs properly manage hazardous materials and reduce dangerous waste.

Although the specific focus of this guide is King County, many of the recommendations are applicable to labs anywhere in the United States. These guidelines were developed with the assumption that the wastes generated are from intermittent and small-scale operations originating from laboratory processes in educational, public, or private labs.

Using Safer Art Adhesives

Many art materials and processes utilize chemicals that can pose risks to human health and the environment. Dave Wadell of the Local Hazardous Waste Management Program in King County has prepared a guide to help artists select safer art adhesives which can:
  • Inform you about the hazards you may be working with and
  • Safer alternatives to these toxic and flammable adhesives

Please keep in mind that empty aerosol cans can be recycled in City recycling bins but aerosols containing spray adhesive solvents must be disposed of at the Hazardous Products Center (HPC).

School Resource
If your school within Coconino County requires assistance with proper chemical disposal, the City of Flagstaff's Small Business Waste Program (SBWP) may be able to assist your school. If the SBWP cannot assist your school with disposal, other options and resources are available. Please call (928) 527-9005 for more information.