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New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services


Since October 2001, NHPPP has been providing outreach to New Hampshire schools for the proper management of chemicals and relevant environmental regulations, as part of the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Pollution Prevention Incentives for States Grant (PPIS).

NHPPP has written and distributed three informational sheets, Guidance for Managing Chemicals in New Hampshire School Laboratories and Guidance for Eliminating Mercury in New Hampshire Schools.

A New Hampshire School Chemical Management Policy Adobe Acrobat Reader Symbolwas mailed to all New Hampshire High School principals. A follow up questionnaire Adobe Acrobat Reader Symbolwas mailed to all schools that adopted the chemical policy. Here are the Results Adobe Acrobat Reader Symbolof the questionnaire.

In addition to the above documents, NHPPP has developed A Series of Best Management Practices. These documents serve as a "quick reference" for selected departments in schools.

This Implementation Checklist Adobe Acrobat Reader Symbolis a tool developed for the workshop, "No Chemical Left Behind: How Does your School's Chemical Management Rate?" Any school can use it.

School Site Visits
School administrators and staff need to address safe handling, storage, and disposal of chemicals and products in all areas of a school. NHPPP is available to assist schools by performing on-site assessments to identify the potential hazards associated with school chemicals and products, and provide guidance on compliance with environmental regulations.

School Clean Out Assistance
NHPPP is available to assist schools with information on the proper disposal options for unwanted chemicals and products. Since the potential costs of a clean out can be significant, all disposal options, whether through a local household hazardous waste collection event or through a hazardous waste contractor, should be reviewed. Some unwanted compounds might be disposed directly into the trash. The list of chemicals and products typically considered solid wastes is provided to help schools reduce disposal costs.

In order to properly package chemicals for removal from a school, staff should classify the chemical wastes by a number of factors, including government regulations for storage and transport, and a chemical’s characteristics of toxicity, reactivity and flammability. Please refer to NHPPP’s examples of classified chemicals for disposal.



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