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Environmental Compliance

Primary contacts:

George Alfaro
Environmental Compliance Specialist
Phone: (562) 985-2378
Fax: (562) 985-2411

The Environmental Compliance Program at California State University, Long Beach is designed to protect the campus and surrounding community from the threat of an accidental release associated with air contamination, water contamination, soil contamination, above and underground storage tanks, asbestos, lead, hazardous materials or hazardous wastes. This is accomplished through employee training programs, procedures, and policies designed to ensure the safe handling and storage of hazardous materials, and proper disposal of hazardous wastes. The Environmental Compliance Program is also responsible for coordinating with federal, state, and local regulatory agencies to help California State University Long Beach achieve compliance with rapidly changing environmental regulations. The following programs and guidelines were designed to assist the campus community. Questions concerning environmental compliance issues not covered in this website should be directed to the office of Environmental Health and Safety at (562)985-2378.

Hazard Communication Aide

This guide was developed by Environmental Health and Safety to help employees easily understand the Hazard Communication Program. It was designed specifically for employees who have not had any previous hazard communication training or for employees having trouble understanding the CSULB Hazard Communication Program.

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Hazard Communication Program

The CSULB Hazard Communication Program is designed to ensure that employees know the properties and potential safety and health hazards of the materials which they use or to which they are exposed. This program is also intended to ensure that managers and supervisors provide their employees with training on how to avoid exposure to hazardous substances and what to do if they are accidentally exposed to such substances.

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Request for Hazardous Waste Collection

Looking to dispose of some hazardous waste? Well you have come to the right place! Simply download the form, fill in the appropriate information, and sent electronically or fax to Environmental Health and Safety. Complete instructions on how to fill out the collection form is included on the page as well. Once the form is reviewed, Environmental Health and Safety will call to coordinate a pick-up time and location.

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Electronic Waste Handling and Disposal Procedures

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Most computer users are unaware of the toxic contents of their computers. A Cathode Ray Tube (CRT), often called a "picture tube" is found in computer monitors, televisions, camcorders, and other electronic devices. A standard computer monitor contains approximately 8 pounds of lead. This toxic metal is utilized to line the glass in the cathode ray tube in order to shield the user against radiation exposure.

Minute amounts of mercury, a highly regulated toxic metal can be found in some of the computer’s printed wiring boards, switches, relays, and batteries. Cadmium compounds, metals suspected as persistent carcinogens in the state of California, are utilized in the computer’s batteries, wiring boards, and plastic stabilizers.

Toxic metals are also found in the circuit boards of other Consumer Electronic Devices (CED) such as microwave ovens, VCRs, DVD/CD players, stereo equipment, cell phones, printers, cordless phones, and electronic lab equipment. If these devices are disposed of in a municipal landfill, they can potentially contaminate the soil which can lead to a costly contamination of our water supplies.

California Code of Regulations, Title 22, Division 4.5, Sections 66273.3, & 66273.6 adopted by the California Department of Toxic Substances ban the disposal of CRTs and CEDs in municipal landfills.

The following items are all considered hazardous electronic wastes:

  • Computers and Computer Monitors
  • Televisions
  • Flat Screens
  • Microwave Ovens
  • Photocopiers
  • Fax Machines
  • Electronic Typewriters
  • Calculators
  • Laboratory Equipment
  • Video Monitors
  • VCR’s, DVD Players/Recorders
  • Telephones and Telecommunications Equipment
  • Audio Equipment

Electronic Waste Disposal Procedures

In order to expedite the disposal of electronic waste generated at CSULB, Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) advises following these procedures:

  1. Obtain a Property Survey Request Form.
  2. Fill out Property Survey Request form completely. Any questions on the form should be directed to the Property Management Office at ext. 54880. Fax completed form(s) to Property Management at ext. 57555 or mail form(s) to Property Management Office located at mailstop #5802.
  3. Once the survey has been reviewed by Property Management and the electronic equipment has been removed from the university database, the requestor will be contacted by Property Management. A date will be then given as to when the equipment may be brought to the receiving warehouse for staging.
  4. If any assistance is required to transport the electronic equipment to the staging area, than a work order will be required by Facilities Management in order to have the university Movers transport the equipment. To establish a work order for this assistance please contact the Facilities Management Customer Service Desk at ext. 54357. Please be aware that your department will be billed for the Mover’s time spent collecting and transporting the equipment.
  5. After the equipment is dropped off at the staging area, EHS will manage the electronic waste according to universal waste guidelines as outlined in Title 22, California Code of Regulations.
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Disposing of Old Batteries and Light Bulbs

"Should I throw these batteries and light bulbs in the trash or do we collect them as hazardous wastes?" This is a question that is often asked regarding batteries and light bulbs. Whether or not they can be disposed of in the municipal trash depends on if any of the materials exhibit a characteristic of a hazardous waste.

As far as lamps are concerned not all lamps are required to be collected as a hazardous waste. For instance, incandescent bulbs do not exhibit a characteristic of a hazardous waste, and can be disposed of as regular municipal trash. Waste lamps that are required to be collected as hazardous waste include fluorescent tubes, high intensity discharge (HID) lamps, sodium vapor lamps and other miscellaneous lamps that exhibit a characteristic of a hazardous waste.

All lamps/bulbs that are generated by the university are replaced & collected by the Facilities Management Electrical Shop. All bulbs are brought to the accumulation area, which is located in the Facilities Corporate Yard, where they await proper recycling.

As for spent/dead batteries, virtually all batteries exhibit a characteristic of a hazardous waste including rechargeable nickel-cadmium batteries, silver button batteries, mercury batteries, small sealed lead-acid batteries (emergency light batteries), and alkaline batteries.

Currently, there are four collection points for spent batteries that are generated by university processes. These locations are: within the Audio Visual Services department, the Facilities Management Supply Warehouse, the Steve and Nini Horn Center, the Student Union, the Los Alamitos Residence Hall, and the Parkside Commons Residence Hall. These locations have been designated as areas that routinely generate spent batteries. If your department routinely generates spent batteries as part of a university related waste, then Environmental Health and Safety will be more than happy to assign a battery collection vessel to your department. For other departments that generate the occasional battery, EHS recommends disposing them at one of the accumulation points, or if that is not possible you can call George Alfaro at ext. 52378 to schedule a pick up.

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