In pursuit to capacitate the ERDB technical personnel in managing laboratory wastes, the LESD-LSS conducted a two-day training on lab waste management at the ERDB Auditorium, College, Laguna last 21-22 June 2017. The training aimed to introduce the participants to the proper disposal of laboratory reagents and consumables, familiarize with current undertakings on the process of treating and disposal of the said wastes by transport system and labelling of waste containers and visit at the ERDB Material Recovery Facilities (MRF). Twenty (20) participants from the ERDB Main Office and six (6) research centers who devote most of their time in the laboratory attended the said training.

All topics were anchored on the governing law of Republic Act No. 6969 also known as the “Toxic Substances and Hazardous and Nuclear Wastes Control Act of 1990”. The topics primarily focused on the concepts of Waste Management specifically on the management of chemical wastes in Analytical and Research Laboratories. The training also covered discussions on Hazardous Waste Transport & Handling.

Ms. Edna C. Mijares, President and CEO of Jefcor Laboratories, Inc. and Engr. Marissa DC. Malabanan of EMB-CALABARZON Region shared their knowledge about managing of chemical wastes in analytical and research laboratories and talked on Republic Act No. 6969 (Toxic Substances and Hazardous and Nuclear Wastes Control Act of 1990), respectively. On the second day, Mr. Ariel M. Entico, CEO & General Manager of Envirocare Mgt. Precision, Inc. discussed about the overview on hazardous wastes transport & regulatory updating. The characteristics of hazardous waste which is T-R-I-C meaning Toxic-Reactive-Ignitable-Corrosive were thoroughly discussed in the presentation. Any waste that exhibits one or more of these characteristics are considered hazardous according to the presentation of the three speakers. Moreover, classification of wastes and their corresponding hazardous waste number series were thoroughly discussed during the training. The speakers also emphasized the rule of thumb on waste management which states “from cradle to grave”, accenting the responsibility of waste generators from the time the waste is created, transported, treated and stored, until it is disposed.

At the end of the training, the participants came up with an action plan to improve the waste management system of their respective work stations. Haira Jill E. Apolinario and Jordan M. Abellar, LESD