School Chemical Cleanout Campaign (SC3)
Every year, throughout the country, hundreds of thousands of dollars are spent on school incidents involving
chemicals such as spills and fires. These incidents involve potentially dangerous chemicals, which, in some cases, had been
unused for more than thirty years. In addition to financial costs, these spills may also cause school closures that result in
a loss of valuable education time. SC3 seeks to address this issue by not only cleaning out excess, legacy, unused, and
improperly stored chemicals but also by going a step further and implementing preventive mechanisms in schools.
The Goals of the SC3 are to:
- Remove excess, unused, deteriorated or out-of-date chemicals from schools.
- Identify the potentially dangerous chemicals that should not be present or used.
- Ensure all chemicals are managed properly in school laboratories and storage areas.
- Encourage removal of all mercury compounds and mercury-containing equipment for proper disposal or recycling.
- Guide instructors on proper purchasing, handling, storage and disposal of laboratory chemicals in a cost efficient manner.
- Comply with all local, state and federal requirements.
Conducting a laboratory chemical inventory at your school will give you an idea of the types and condition of
chemicals in storage. A good inventory will help schools plan for the cost of removing unwanted chemicals. Procedures and for
conducting an inventory are provided at the links below. Using this inventory sheet will assist you in conducting a safe and
Teachers wishing to maximize the safety and environmental health of their laboratories have instituted "green labs".
Operating under the
Twelve Principles of Green Chemistry,
green labs focus on minimizing chemicals accidents by reducing the levels of toxicity and amount of chemicals used in experiments.
EPA has developed a unique software tool to help school districts evaluate and manage their school facilities for
key environmental, safety and health issues. The new Healthy School Environments Assessment Tool (HealthySEAT) is designed to be
customized and used by district-level staff to conduct voluntary self-assessments of their school facilities and to track and manage
information on environmental conditions school by school.
Download the software here: http://www.epa.gov/schools/.
Other Related Links
School Chemical Cleanout Campaign Brochure
School Chemical Cleanout Manual
» Read about Green Chemistry at:
» More information about SC3 is available at:
» Florida Department of Education Lab Cleanout website: