Oakland School

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Oakland Unified School District
Hazardous Waste Management

Hazardous Waste and Training

Vista Environmental Consulting (Vista) assisted the Oakland Unified School District in the management of their hazardous waste program.  Wastes included, but are not limited to, Universal Wastes such as non-incandescent lamps and batteries, paints and paint thinners/strippers, petroleum based oils and lubricants, solvents, and caustic floor strippers. During the bi-monthly collection at the District maintenance yard, Vista profiled the collected waste, some of which are not in the original labeled containers, provided proper disposal containers, lab packed the items, manifested them, and transported and disposed of the wastes.

We also assisted in coordinating the summer and holiday collection of caustic floor strippers used by the custodial staff.  Proper collection containers are dropped off at each school and collected when full, manifested, and disposed of. Vista’s bilingual staff conducted District wide training courses in both English and Spanish for maintenance and custodial staff.  Topics covered were 2-hour awareness Training for Asbestos, Hazardous Communications training for lead paint, and Hazardous Communications training for specific chemicals used in their work.