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Environmental Aspects Analysis

Activity: College of Engineering – Bioengineering

In order to increase the utility of this manual, the team undertook an effort to produce a sample aspect analysis. This sample was expanded to include a cross reference of Texas state environmental regulations, Federal regulations, as well as a listing of best management practices. Please click on the references below to further investigate the regulatory references and best management practices provided as links below.

Aspects

Impacts

Applicable

Regs

Applicable

BMPs

Air Emissions

  • Chemical fume hoods
  • Point source emissions from research projects
  • Biological safety cabinets

Degradation of air quality

Health hazards

Regulatory requirements

AQ 1, 2, 3, 6, 12, 13, 19

 

103a

401c

403

Eco/Human Toxicity

  • Bioengineering activities
  • Bio-hazardous material exposure
  • Chemical exposure
  • Infectious materials exposure
  • Mercury use/storage/disposal
  • Compressed gas cylinders/ aerosols
  • Exposure to animal dander
  • Zoonotic agents associated with animal care
  • X-ray exposure
  • Lasers
  • Radiation exposure

Health hazards

Regulatory requirements

Potential contamination

Fire concerns

BIO 7,9,10,11

HWM 1 – 24

RP 1-13

SW 4

TSCA 2

101a

102

107g

108

201c

201d

202

203

205a

207

Energy

  • Computer operations
  • Lab equipment (i.e. microscopes, autoclaves, refrigerators)

Resource depletion

Regulatory requirements

 

 

905

Solid Waste

  • Office and equipment waste
  • Animal carcasses
  • Animal waste material

 Storage concerns

 Transportation concerns

 Disposal/Recycling

 Regulatory requirements

 

802

201

Hazardous Waste

  • Animal waste disposal
  • Infectious waste/sharps disposal
  • Chemical/biohazardous experiments
  • Batteries (rechargeable, nickel, cadmium, lithium, etc.)
  • Compressed gas cylinders/aerosols
  • Mercury-containing instruments
  • Used oils

Health hazards

Storage concerns

Transportation concerns

Disposal/Recycling

Regulatory requirements

Potential contamination

Resource depletion

Fire concerns

HWM 1 – 24

ST 1

TSCA 2

UW 1, 3, 4, 5, 6

 

102

107b

107c

107g

107h

107i

107l

108

201

Radiological

  • Radioactive materials use/storage/disposal
  • X-rays
  • Lasers
  • Equipment emitting radiation

Health hazards

Disposal/Recycling

Potential contamination

Regulatory requirements

Storage concerns

Transportation concerns

Resource depletion

RP 1-13

 

301

302

Waste Water

  • Sterilization equipment (i.e. autoclaves)
  • General lab experiments
  • Safety shower/eyewash runoff

Health hazards

Potential contamination

Regulatory requirements

SW - 1, 3, 4, 5

507c

Natural Resources

  • Natural gas demand
  • Water demand
  • Electricity demand

Resource depletion

Regulatory requirements

 

905