Original Date: 09/15/1997
Revision Date: 01/18/2007
Information : Hazardous Waste Tracking
Tooele Army Depot (TEAD) is a permitted hazardous waste storage facility. To comply with the State’s permit requirements, records must be kept and biannual reports submitted. Previous to the Automated Hazardous Waste Tracking System, the tracking system consisted of handwritten operation records. These records were developed when the drums reached one of the 24 satellite storage facilities or one of the three 90-day storage facilities. The handwritten operating records were tracked in a DOS-based, in-house developed database. Unfortunately, the DOS- based program proved to be challenging to work with, and required the program developer to compile the biannual reports. The presence of the program developer was critical to the success of the reporting. A user-friendly program was needed to enable a number of people to query data, thereby reducing the potential of receiving notice of violations (NOVs) from the State.
In the summer of 1997, TEAD began implementing an Automated Hazardous Waste Tracking System. An average of 300 barrels per year are assigned container numbers and bar codes at the point of generation. This information is tracked with an in-house developed Microsoft Access database. A database dump from the previous DOS-based database to the new database, along with the programming was conducted by an in-house hazardous waste specialist with limited programming experience. The new user-friendly database automates all the reporting and enables immediate drum status access. The biannual report development time was reduced by approximately 50%.
By utilizing a user-friendly software program along with automation, TEAD is able to obtain real-time barrel status access from the point of generation to turn-in. Biannual reports can be compiled by a number of individuals, with a 50% reduction in review and compilation time. The efficiency and user friendliness of TEAD’s Automated Hazardous Waste Tracking System enables the record keeping requirements to be easily met, therefore reducing the potential of receiving NOVs.
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