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Environmental Aspects Analysis

Activity: College of Science – Biology

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
  • Biological safety cabinets
  • Animal incinerator
  • Point source emissions from experiments

Degradation of air quality

Health hazards

Regulatory requirements

AQ 1, 2, 3, 6, 19

BIO 12

UW 2

103a

201b

207

401c

401d

Eco/Human Toxicity

  • Biology activities
  • Infectious materials exposure
  • Mercury use/storage/disposal
  • Compressed gas cylinders/ aerosols
  • Chemical exposure
  • Exposure to animal dander
  • Zoonotic agents associated with animal care
  • X-ray exposure
  • 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

107g

108

201c

201d

202

203

205a

207

Energy

  • Computer operations
  • Lab equipment (i.e. biological safety cabinets, autoclaves, refrigerators)
  • Hot/Cold rooms (Freezers)

Resource depletion

Regulatory requirements

905

Solid Waste

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

Storage concerns

Transportation concerns

Disposal/Recycling

Regulatory requirements

802a

802c

10104

Hazardous Waste

  • Chemical/biohazardous experiments
  • Animal waste disposal
  • Infectious waste/sharps disposal
  • 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

BIO 1 - 12

HWM 1 – 24

ST 1

TSCA 2

UW 1 , 2, 3, 4, 6

101a

105

107b

107c

107g

107h

107i

108

201b

205a

207

10001

10002

Radiological

  • Radioactive materials use/storage/disposal
  • X-ray use
  • Laser use

Health hazards

Disposal/Recycling

Potential contamination

Regulatory requirements

Storage concerns

Transportation concerns

Resource depletion

RP 1-13

301

Waste Water

  • Sterilization of work areas (i.e. cages)
  • General lab experiments
  • Safety shower/eyewash runoff

Health hazards

Potential contamination

Regulatory requirements

SW 1,3,4,5

105

507a

507c

Natural Resources

  • Electricity demand
  • Natural gas demand
  • Water demand

Regulatory requirements

Resource depletion

905