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Environmental Programs

The Office of Occupational Safety and Environmental Services (OSES) Environmental Programs Specialist is Amanda Radosti.  To contact Amanda, please email radosti@tcnj.edu or call extension 2881. Among other duties, Amanda is responsible for the following programs and services:

Indoor Air Quality (temperature, humidity, odors and mold)

The New Jersey Indoor Air Quality Program was established to ensure a healthy working environment for state workers during their normal working hours.  The College of New Jersey has assigned Amanda Radosti as the Designated Person for the program.  The Designated Person is responsible for ensuring compliance with this program.

For temperatures that are too hot or too cold within office spaces, please refer to: http://facilities.pages.tcnj.edu/temperature-complaints/

For humidity that is too high or too low within office spaces, please refer to: http://facilities.pages.tcnj.edu/temperature-complaints/

For general cleaning concerns, please contact Building Services at extension 2353.

For pest control, please refer to: http://buildingservices.pages.tcnj.edu/pest-control/

To report nuisance odors, please contact Facilities Operations at extension 2353.  For all odors that are affecting health, please move to fresh air and contact the office at (609)771-2881.  All odor complaints and concerns are shared with the Designated Person for compliance with the Indoor Air Quality Program.  The Designated Person will coordinate with other areas on campus to ensure that the odor is alleviated.

To report an indoor air quality concern, please contact the Office of Occupational Safety & Environmental Services at extension 2881 or (609)771-2881 from a cell phone in fresh air.  Indicate you are calling for an indoor air quality concern and ask to speak to a representative from the office.  DO NOT EMAIL YOUR CONCERN AS IT MAY NOT BE RECEIVED OR RESPONDED TO IN A TIMELY FASHION.  IF THE CONCERN IS RELATED TO AN ODOR THAT IS AFFECTING HEALTH, PLEASE MOVE TO FRESH AIR IMMEDIATELY AND CALL (609)771-2881.  The Designated Person or an office representative will work with persons requiring assistance with indoor air quality matters.  The Office of Occupational Safety & Environmental Services normal business hours are Monday through Friday 8:30am to 4:30pm.  For emergencies during off hours or after hours, please contact Campus Police at extension 2345 or (609)771-2345 from a cell phone in fresh air.

To report visible mold, please contact Facilities at extension 2353.  Visible mold reporting is shared with the Designated Person who will coordinate with other areas on campus to ensure the visible mold is addressed and a source is ultimately corrected.

Preventing odors in buildings on campus:

Do not use products from home, especially insect control products.  For pest control, please refer to: http://buildingservices.pages.tcnj.edu/pest-control/

Mold Prevention on campus:

Report all water leaks, no matter how small to Facilities Operations at extension 2353.  Even if a leak was already reported to Facilities previously, the suspected source may have already been responded to and thought to be corrected, so reporting each time the leak occurs is useful information to Facilities.  For emergency services after hours, please contact Campus Police at (609)771-2345.  Please see the detailed information from Facilities regarding hours of operation. http://facilities.pages.tcnj.edu/services/facilities-operations-routine-maintenance-service/

If you see mold, please contact Facilities Operations at extension 2353 and indicate that you are seeing mold and report the suspected building issue (i.e. a wet ceiling tile is usually from a leak above the tile, etc.).  The source of the problem will be addressed through Facilities Operations and cleaned by Building Services as necessary.  All reports of mold are also shared with the Indoor Air Quality Program Designated Person/Environmental Programs Specialist.

If you are in a residence hall on campus please note that students are responsible for cleaning their own personal bathrooms.  If you are experiencing a facilities-related problem, such as a lack of ventilation within a shower area, or a leaking sink, shower, or toilet, please contact Facilities Operations at extension 2353.

Should you have a health concern associated with any mold or suspect mold inside a campus building, please the Environmental Programs Specialist, Amanda Radosti at extension 2881.  Please refer to the Indoor Air Quality website section for additional information as this is an indoor air quality concern.

Mold Projects

Projects to remove large areas of mold are completed through the Environmental Programs Specialist through an environmental consultant and contractor.  Should you have a question or concern related to a mold project, please contact Amanda Radosti at extension 2881.

Right to Know / Hazard Communication / Globally Harmonized System

Waste Disposal

As we are all consumers, every campus community member generates waste products. Some of these waste products are required to be properly disposed of and not disposed of within the bulk trash. Many of these specialized wastes are considered hazardous waste by either the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection or the Environmental Protection Agency. This website is designed to assist you in determining the proper disposal of items that are not to be disposed of in the bulk trash. All decisions of proper disposal begin with the purchase of each item. You have the ability to control how much and what wastes you generate at the time of purchase.

Bulk Trash

Bulk trash is the regular trash that is gathered at a collection point such as your desk, your floor, your hallway, etc.  Bulk trash is to only contain items that are not recyclable on campus and do not present a hazard to human health and/or the environment.

Should you have questions about proper disposal of an item, please email radosti@tcnj.edu prior to placing it into The College’s bulk trash.

On campus, bulk trash is collected by a team of staff members from Building Services and Grounds & Landscape Maintenance Services.  To request a special removal, please contact Grounds & Landscape Maintenance Services.

Hazardous Waste – Chemical Waste – FOR TCNJ PURCHASED ITEMS

Chemical waste not suitable for drain or bulk trash disposal must be collected and managed as hazardous waste. Chemical wastes may present a hazard to human health and the environment and require appropriate management and disposal. All chemical wastes have the following requirements:

  • Must be disposed of through OSES.  Notify your area manager that you have waste so that it can be identified for collection during the next scheduled disposal.
  • Please be mindful of the P-listed wastes, these are a special type of hazardous waste and only 2.2 pounds will effect our generator status. Please see the included link of the P-listed wastes. Please let me know immediately (Radosti@tcnj.edu) if these wastes are anticipated to be generated or when these wastes are generated.
  • Expired chemicals. Some expiration dates are more important than others due to additional hazards that can develop with certain expired chemicals.
  • Placed into compatible, closed and sealed containers. For clarification, caps must be able to close tightly on a container. Any cap that just twists and doesn’t close is not considered sealed and closed.
  • Laboratory wastes must be labeled with a TCNJ fluorescent hazardous waste label and identified contents in English using the chemical name (please contact Amanda Radosti at radosti@tcnj.edu if you require additional labels). Any additional information (i.e. CAS#s and chemical structures) on a laboratory container label is provided by the preference of the individual completing the label and is not required. For mixed wastes please note that a percentage is required for each waste in the container for disposal purposes.
  • All other chemical wastes that are not from a laboratory are to have the original manufacturer label on the container with a TCNJ fluorescent hazardous waste label.
  • All hazardous waste is to be stored within a designated chemical waste satellite accumulation or central collection area.

OSES has two regularly scheduled hazardous waste chemical collections; one is June/July and another is December/January.  Please have your wastes added into the central collection areas, sealed, properly labeled and identified in accordance with Right to Know/Hazard Communication Programs, the Globally Harmonized System and hazardous waste requirements for the hazardous waste contractor.  Once the specific dates for pickup have been scheduled with the contractor, the Environmental Programs Specialist contacts established area managers regarding the details of the collection via email.  It is important to make sure that a Hazardous and Universal Waste Disposal Inventory Form is filled out completely and returned by the time specified in the email.  Please inventory chemical and electronic waste separately, by using one form for chemical waste and one form for electronic waste.  If you are not sure if you or someone in your area are on the email list or you have a one-time generation of hazardous waste, please email the Environmental Programs Specialist, Amanda Radosti at radosti@tcnj.edu.

Hazardous Waste – Chemical Waste – NOT PURCHASED USING TCNJ FUNDS

The following information is for all students, faculty and staff either living on or off campus.  Please be advised that you are considered residents of the location of your permanent address.  Should your permanent address be on campus, you are considered residents of Ewing Township/Mercer County (for the purposes of waste disposal) while living on campus.  Please contact the county where your permanent address is located to identify proper disposal method.

Have you recently completed a project?  Do you have left over chemicals and or products?

1.  Check the label to see if there are disposal instructions on the package.

2.  Check to see if there are indicators on the label, usually “Danger” or “Warning” or “Caution”.  More than likely, these are considered hazardous waste.

3.  Check your county website to see if the material is accepted within their Household Hazardous Waste Disposal Collection.

Specialized Waste – Batteries – FOR TCNJ PURCHASED ITEMS

All batteries, with the exception of alkaline, are considered a type of hazardous waste called universal waste.  As such, all batteries that are not alkaline should be kept separated for the hazardous waste collection. Please refer to Hazardous Waste – Chemical Waste – FOR TCNJ PURCHASED ITEMS.

Please review the specific page about batteries from the TCNJ Recycling Website.  http://recycling.pages.tcnj.edu/guidelines/batteries/

Specialized Waste – Batteries – NOT PURCHASED USING TCNJ FUNDS

The following information is for all students, faculty and staff either living on or off campus.  Please be advised that you are considered residents of the location of your permanent address.  Should your permanent address be on campus, you are considered residents of Ewing Township/Mercer County (for the purposes of waste disposal) while living on campus.  Otherwise, you are redirected to the county that your permanent address is located for proper waste disposal.

Batteries other than alkaline contain heavy metals that are toxic to human health and the environment.  As such, these items have special handling and disposal requirements.  For most personal purchases the store where you purchased the battery may take the old one when purchasing a new one.

http://recycling.pages.tcnj.edu/guidelines/batteries/

Check your county website to see if the material is accepted within their Household Hazardous Waste Disposal Collection.

Specialized Waste – Light bulbs – FOR TCNJ PURCHASED ITEMS

All light bulb purchases for TCNJ buildings are made through Facilities Operations. Personal student, faculty and staff lamps are not included in those purchases.  Please contact Facilities Operations at extension 2353 for proper handling and storage instructions should your area be generating light bulbs.

Most light bulbs and/or tubes aside from incandescent bulbs contain mercury or other gases that have special handling and disposal requirements.    As such, these bulbs are disposed of through a special waste vendor managed by OSES.  Mercury containing items are considered Universal Waste, a type of Hazardous Waste.  For disposal information, please refer to Hazardous Waste – Chemical Waste – FOR TCNJ PURCHASED ITEMS

Specialized Waste – Light Bulbs – NOT PURCHASED USING TCNJ FUNDS

Most light bulbs and/or tubes aside from incandescent bulbs contain mercury or other gases that have special handling and disposal requirements.  As such, these bulbs are not to be disposed of using the College’s bulk trash.

Some stores allow you to return old bulbs when purchasing new ones. Check your county website to see if the material is accepted within their Household Hazardous Waste Disposal Collection.

Specialized Waste – Electronics and White Goods – FOR TCNJ PURCHASED ITEMS

All Consumer Electronics are considered Universal Waste, a type of Hazardous Waste.

Consumer Electronics include some of the following:

  • Computers and all their parts
  • Monitors and/or televisions
  • Fax machines
  • Cell phones
  • Microwaves
  • General equipment (plugs in and lights up)

White Goods include some of the following:

  • Refrigerators
  • Ovens

For information on proper disposal of these items, please refer to Hazardous Waste – Chemical Waste – FOR TCNJ PURCHASED ITEMS  section.

Specialized Waste – Electronics and White Goods – NOT PURCHASED USING TCNJ FUNDS

All consumer electronics are considered universal waste, a type of hazardous waste.  The items contain hazardous materials (mostly heavy metals) that will contaminate soil and/or water if thrown into the trash.  As such, do not dispose of these items using the bulk trash on campus.

For some electronics, you may be able to return the old electronic equipment when purchasing a new one.

Check your county website to see if the material is accepted within their Household Hazardous Waste Disposal Collection.

White goods include refrigerators and ovens, these items are normally collected from the point of purchase of the new one.  Otherwise, please check with your local county for proper disposal.

Specialized Waste – Students – Move In / Move Out of Residence Halls

Every year, move in activities generate a large amount of trash and recycling of cardboard.  Please be advised that we do recycle on campus.  Please refer to the Recycling Website for additional information. http://recycling.pages.tcnj.edu/guidelines/

Every year, move out activities generate a lot of additional trash, approximately thirteen 30-yard dumpsters are used each year to accommodate the large amount of trash.  Most of this trash includes usable items that cannot be taken home with students for various reasons.  These items can be donated, instead of being sent to a landfill!  Please refer to information on the Reduce For Good Use program. http://recycling.pages.tcnj.edu/students/dump-run/

Specialized Waste –Medications

Please do not flush your personal medications down the toilet or put them in the garbage. Please refer to the following information from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection:

Proper Medication Disposal

Specialized Waste – Latex Paint either purchased by TCNJ or not

Proper disposal of latex paint has been summarized by the NJDEP as the following:

Disposal Procedures for Latex Paint:

1. Latex paint must be dried out by an absorbent.
2. Place adsorbent (sand, kitty litter or speedy dry) into the latex paint.
3. Once the latex paint is absorbed or solid, place lid back on paint can OR to reuse can scrape out the dried paint.
4. Place the solid latex paint in plastic bag.
5. If the solid latex can is being disposed of with the solid latex paint inside it use a heavy contractor bag due to the weight.
6. Place plastic bag out for regular trash collection.

On campus, all used latex paint supplies are to be cleaned out using interior building sinks. Our campus wide Stormwater Permit does not allow us to rinse any paint covered materials outside.

Please use the latex paint disposal guide (on the website) for a review of proper handling and disposal.

As a reminder, all oil based paints and/or finishes that are waste are to be sorted and inventoried for the hazardous waste collection in their liquid state.

Please use the latex paint disposal guide for a review of proper handling and disposal.

Regulated Medical Waste

internal biohazard symbol

Any container with the universal biohazard symbol (above) on it is considered regulated medical waste.  Please first confirm that the waste being generated is actually regulated medical waste then place the waste into the appropriate containers.  Once waste is ready to be collected, including sharps containers and any regulated medical waste bag or container that is properly labeled and sealed, they are to be brought to Student Health Services, located in Eickhoff Hall Room 107, where you will be asked to identify the waste (i.e. sharps containers, etc.) and weight of the materials.  This information is collected in order to track the waste and fill out an annual report to the NJDEP.

Student, faculty or staff at home use regulated medical waste can be handled through their personal doctor who has prescribed the needles and/or sharp’s containers. Please see the NJDEP for additional information. NJDEP_At home RMW generators

Recycling (Paper, Bottles and Cans, Cardboard, etc.)

Please note that this link will take you to the Recycling Website homepage.  There are multiple tabs to direct you to the information you are searching for.  Please click on the Recycling Guidelines tab for a more detailed description of what we recycle on campus.

Laboratory Safety

OSES chairs a Laboratory Safety Committee that meets monthly.

Medical emergencies are to be reported immediately to Campus Police Services by dialing 911 from any hard wired campus phone or by calling (609)771-2345 from a cell phone.  Medical emergencies include student, staff and faculty laboratory chemical accidents and chemical exposure accidents that require medical attention.  All laboratories have emergency eye wash and shower stations.  Should additional medical attention be needed, please contact Campus Police Services by dialing 911 from any hard wired campus phone or by calling (609)771-2345 from a cell phone.

Please note that TCNJ does not have medical facilities on campus to treat chemical exposures or chemical accidents for students, faculty or staff.  Student Health Services in Eickhoff Hall is able to provide basic non-emergency care to students during their normal business hours with an appointment.  Reporting of medical emergencies and accidents is to be communicated through the area or department, which includes notification to OSES.  Faculty and staff accidents are to be communicated to Human Resources and their supervisor.  To prevent accidents and injuries in the laboratory, OSES is able to provide assistance with review of experiments and or chemicals to determine the appropriate health and safety measures needed for a laboratory event.  OSES reviews all known or reported laboratory accidents and injuries for future experiments.  Please contact OSES with any concerns or questions at extension 2881 and you will be directed to the Environmental Programs Specialist or the Occupational Safety Specialist.

Because metallic mercury (Hg) is widely used in laboratory instruments and mercury compounds are used in many laboratory experiments, it is one of the most frequently spilled materials. Metallic mercury and its compounds can be absorbed into the body by inhalation, ingestion or contact with the skin. If spills are frequent and mercury is added to the ambient air level, the combined concentration may reach or exceed toxic limits. OSES provides mercury spill cleanup and offers assistance in ensuring a safe environment whenever spills of acutely toxic substances are involved. This assistance may include but is not limited to initial entry evaluation and clean-up, pre-entry monitoring, post-clean up monitoring, etc. The Environmental Program Specialist Amanda Radosti at extension 2881 is to be notified of all spills involving mercury or other highly toxic materials. For teaching and research purposes, wherever possible, substitute non-mercury devices, e.g., alcohol thermometers or digital thermometers. Wherever possible specify the use of non-mercury devices for measuring pressure, etc.  Please have your mercury thermometers set aside for the next hazardous waste pick up and replace mercury thermometers with digital ones where possible. Mercury containing items are considered Universal Waste and not Chemical Waste.

Personal Protective Equipment worn in laboratories is specific to the products being used and to the hazards of the tasks being completed.  OSES can assist with any PPE questions or concerns.

Chemical Labeling and Inventory Requirements.

Chemical Waste Disposal.

Laboratory Fume Hoods.  Fume hoods are the primary engineering control to protect laboratory users from volatile airborne chemical hazards.  Energy and Central Utilities uses contractors to conduct annual inspections to confirm laboratory fume hoods are functioning properly.  Laboratory personnel must confirm laboratory fume hoods are working properly prior to use and contact Facilities Operations at extension 2353 immediately whenever the fume hood is not operating properly.  Laboratory fume hoods are not to be used to store or evaporate chemicals.  For specific information for use of your fume hood, please contact OSES at extension 2881.

Asbestos

Asbestos is naturally occurring in the environment and was added into certain building products to make them last longer.  Most building on campus constructed prior to 1980’s contain asbestos building materials.  Asbestos containing building materials in good condition do not pose any health hazard.  When these materials are disturbed is when the potential exists for releasing asbestos fibers to affect human health.

In order to prevent exposure to asbestos materials, do not disturb building materials.  If you are unsure if a building material is asbestos containing or not, please contact OSES prior to disturbing it or assuming that it is asbestos containing.

Projects that disturb asbestos containing materials are highly regulated and all projects are coordinated and or managed through OSES.  Asbestos projects are completed through an environmental consultant and contractor.  Please contact Environmental Programs Specialist, Amanda Radosti at extension 2881 or radosti@tcnj.edu with any questions or concerns related to an asbestos project on campus.

 

Lead Based Paint

Lead based paint is a consideration for renovation, repair and painting for buildings constructed prior to the 1980’s.  Lead based paint in good condition does not pose any human health hazard.

Please report all water leaks to Facilities Operations at extension 2353.  Reporting water leaks will alleviate the potential situation of lead based paint surfaces from deteriorating.  For after-hours reporting of active leaks, please contact Campus Police at (609)771-2345.

Do not disturb painted surfaces within College buildings.  Please contact Facilities Operations at extension 2353 for any requested work disturbing painted surfaces in College buildings.

Please contact the Environmental Programs Specialist, Amanda Radosti at extension 2881 or radosti@tcnj.edu with any questions or concerns related to lead based paint.

Dam Safety

The College of New Jersey owns three dams.  Should you have questions about these dams or their operations, please contact the Environmental Programs Specialist Amanda Radosti at extension 2881 or radosti@tcnj.edu.

Any activities in The College’s lakes require the review of the Environmental Programs Specialist as there may be implications associated with dam and associated structures.  Please contact the Environmental Programs Specialist Amanda Radosti at extension 2881 or radosti@tcnj.edu.

Stormwater Pollution Prevention

The College of New Jersey maintains a Public Complex Stormwater General Permit, which is issued by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. As a condition of this permit, The College of New Jersey is required to educate members of the campus community what measures are to be taken to prevent stormwater pollution.  These measures reflect our on-going commitment to protecting this beautiful campus and the environment.

Stormwater is water that comes from precipitation events such as rain and snow.  Stormwater drains collect this water and direct it through underground pipes towards drainage areas or bodies of water so that flooding does not occur in developed areas.  As the water drains, anything else that enters this system can be carried with the water to its discharge location.

The College’s stormwater system drains mostly into the two campus lakes, Ceva and Sylva, directly from the drain to the lakes. The water is not treated or filtered prior to entering the lakes. The drains that you see outside on the campus are stormwater drains. These drains are often labeled with fish symbols and/or the words “drains to lake”.   Drains inside the buildings drain to a sewer system that is not connected to the stormwater system.

In order to prevent the pollution of groundwater and surface water bodies from surface run-off and other non-point sources, The College requests the following of the campus community:

-Do not feed the wildlife, including geese and ducks.

-Do not wash your car on campus.

-Properly dispose of pet wastes in the regular trash.

-Do not place any wastes in stormwater inlets or in areas leading to stormwater inlets.

-Dispose of all wastes properly.

As efforts to reduce stormwater pollution rely on every member of this community, it is imperative that all members be aware of what they can do to help prevent stormwater pollution. The brochure links below provide you with additional stormwater pollution prevention information that can be used every day, both as a member of this campus community as well as a resident in your home community.

Thank you for your partnership with this important regulated environmental initiative.

If you have any questions or suggestions regarding the Stormwater Program at The College of New Jersey, please contact Amanda Radosti, Environmental Programs Specialist, at 609.771.2881 or radosti@tcnj.edu.

Educational brochures from the NJDEP can be found at the following links:

http://www.state.nj.us/dep/dwq/pdf/tip_brochure_StormwaterBrochure.pdf

http://www.state.nj.us/dep/dwq/msrp_ed_brochure.htm

Drinking Water Quality

Drinking water for the campus is supplied through the Trenton Water Works (http://www.trentonnj.org/Cit-e-Access/webpage.cfm?TID=55&TPID=6645).  The College does not treat the water that is supplied to the campus.  Should you have a specific question or concern about the drinking water on campus, please contact Facilities Operations at extension 2353.

Reporting an Environmental Concern

Should you have any environmental concern, problem or question, please contact the Environmental Programs Specialist Amanda Radosti at extension 2881 or radosti@tcnj.edu.

For any type of environmental emergency, please contact Campus Police at extension 2345 or (609)771-2345.

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