To ensure that presumed and identified PCB-containing light ballasts are handled, stored and disposed of in a proper and safe manner.
Facilities and Maintenance University-wide.
PCB Ballast: Those light ballasts that indicate they contain PCBs with label warnings such as “PCB-containing ballasts” or “Contains PCBs” and those light ballasts that are unlabeled.
Ballast: Those light ballasts that are labeled “non-PCB.”
Storage Area: Physical Plant Construction Cage on CWB First floor.
1) DOT-approved UN1A2/X400/5 55-gallon drums are to be used for PCB ballast storage and disposal.
2) Drums are to contain absorbent material (speedi-dry) at the bottom and be placed on secondary containment platforms.
3) A two-drum set-up must be established: one to contain intact PCB ballast and one to contain any PCB ballast found to be leaking. One drum should be labeled “Intact PCB Ballast”, the other “Leaking PCB Ballast.”
4) Drums must be labeled with “Caution - Contains PCBs” label the moment the first PCB ballast is placed into the drum. The label shall have an “Out of Service” date.
5) Drums are to be sealed and stored in a secure area with limited access and where rain water can be prevented from reaching the drums.
6) Drum lids must be in place and secured at all times, except when adding or removing ballasts.
PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT:
· Chemical-resistant gloves
— Nitrile (short-term use)
— Neoprene (for extended use)
· Eye protection
Handling of PCB Ballast
· When removing PCB ballast, wear gloves and eye protection.
· Intact non-leaking PCB ballasts are to be brought to the storage area and placed in the drum labeled “Intact PCB Ballast.”
· Leaking PCB ballasts are to be double-bagged, brought to the storage area and placed in the drum labeled “Leaking PCB Ballast.”
· Ballasts that are labeled “Non-PCB” can be placed in the regular construction trash.
· Contact EHS at 4428 to arrange for pick up of the drums when full, or no more than six months from the “Out of Service” date.