At the 19th meeting of the Green Management Council, which was held on 21st of September, a report was presented on laboratory waste management at the labs of Environmental Health Engineering.
At the beginning of the meeting, Dr. Sharif Fassihpur, the council director, said: "The Green Management Plan for this year has been prepared by the university and it will be sent to the ministry after being signed by the university chancellor to receive the relevant budget".
Dr. Arash Rezaei, a council member, also presented a report on the management of laboratory waste in the laboratories of the Environmental Health Engineering Department.
He said that the resulting wastes in the environmental health engineering department consist of solid wastes (pseudo-household, infectious and hazardous) and liquid wastes residues both infectious and chemical some of which cannot be discharged to the urban sewage network.
Referring to the necessity of reducing laboratory wastes, he said that purchasing sufficient laboratory materials from reputable companies, following a central purchasing plan, properly labeling laboratory containers, using durable equipment, utilizing the best testing methods, removing unnecessary materials and considering chemical solvents are some of the mechanisms which can reduce laboratory wastes.
He went on to describe the method of reuse of laboratory wastes, the location of solid laboratory wastes, the risk of infectious waste disposal prior to storage, the characteristics of the storage of laboratory wastes and the method of waste disposal.
He further added: "Mapsa Company uses ATI Environment Technology to dispose liquid and solid wastes, which includes four stages of automatic feeding system, incineration chamber and post-incineration chamber, cooling system and filtration system.
In this session, the members of the Green Council discussed the issue of waste disposal.
Dr. Fatollahi, the deputy chancellor for research and technology, said: "No laboratory has the right to put waste into the sink and wastes should be collected and delivered to relevant responsible companies." Laboratory wastes should be collected in accordance with the regulations approved by the Council, and we are the only university which has comprehensive laboratory waste bylaws approved by the HSE Council.
In this meeting, the members also discussed the treatment of sewage of the university swimming pool and also the sewage disposal of Noor Campus.
At this meeting, it was decided that the measures taken in connection with the treatment of kitchen wastewater and waste disposal of laboratories, as well as information on various departments of the university, such as emergency power, to be constantly, controlled, documented and monitored.
At the end of the meeting, the chancellor of the university emphasized the need for close coordination between the HSE Council and the Green Council of the University.