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South Plains Chapter professional member Chandini Revanna to speak at the CSHEMA Conference in July 2016

ASSE South Plains Chapter member Chandini Revanna, MPH, CIH, Associate Managing Director for Texas Tech’s Environmental Health & Safety will be one of four presenters in the upcoming Campus Safety Health and Environmental Management Association (CSHEMA) Annual Conference  in Austin on July 22-28.

Chandini will be speaking on Saturday, July 23 at the Lab Safety 201 course presented by the Lab Safety Community of Practice.   This course is intended to develop and improve participant’s knowledge about lab safety practices. Participants at the event will learn about increasing lab safety knowledge and developing a comprehensive lab safety program.

ASSE Past President Attends TEHA General Council Meeting in Austin in April

On April 8, 2016 South Plains Chapter Past-President, Renee Witherspoon, MS, RS, CSP, CIH, CHMM, attended a State Governing Council (GC) meeting of the Texas Environmental Health Association (TEHA). Renee is the current President (2015-16) for the Panhandle/West Texas Chapter of TEHA.

The weather was great and the drive beautiful with the bluebonnets and wild flowers in bloom.  The hotel also hosted a Ducati convention and along South Congress, Austin a classic car event was going on, so it was overall a great trip.

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Chemical Waste Minimization at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC)

By Renee Witherspoon, RS, CSP, CIH, CHMM, Past President South Plains Chapter ASSE

On April 20 I had the opportunity to participate in a chemical waste disposal event at TTUHSC. This event was different than previous events in that we would package the chemicals in small plastic buckets of vermiculite for shipment (called a “lab pack”) and then labeled and shipped to an permitted disposal facility. This event utilized waste minimization practices to decrease volume of the materials shipped prior to that offsite disposal.

Once the TTUHSC Safety Service Department receives a request for chemical disposal, the chemicals are labeled by the generator, and then picked up and transported to the storage location, called the Container Storage Area (CSA). The CSA is a chemical storage room that is built to contain chemical spills, releases or possible fires.

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