Hazardous Materials Management
We employ a lifecycle approach to hazardous and controlled products—from carefully selecting green and less harmful products at the outset to managing the storage, transportation, use and cleanup of the products while onsite to ensuring the proper disposal of products offsite. Through the Hazardous Materials Management Program, we educate employees and advise our contractors on these key elements and we inspect and audit our facilities and operations to minimize risks associated with hazardous product use. We also assess our tenants through annual auditing to ensure they are complying with hazardous materials regulations, including the use of pesticides and other hazardous materials.
Under the Hazardous Materials Management Program, we research product options and provide the technical expertise to assess less harmful products for people and the environment. We track existing and pending regulations on material bans and restrictions and we audit the number and quantities of controlled products and look at locations and work activities to assess how best to eliminate or substitute materials.
We work with our contractors and business partners under the Hazardous Materials Management Program to dispose of hazardous materials following applicable Federal and Provincial regulations. Our Environment team is responsible for tracking and storage and we use a third party to oversee proper hauling, recycling and disposal of hazardous waste. In 2016, we recycled and disposed of 4,913 kg of hazardous waste, an increase from 3,832 kg in 2015. At the same time, we recycled and re-purposed 11,280 litres of waste oil, waste oily water and antifreeze—89 per cent more than 2015.
Our Spill Response Plan provides clear guidance on preventing and mitigating releases of hazardous substances and ensuring their effective cleanup if a spill occurs. We regularly track existing and pending regulations on hazardous substances and our staff is on call 24/7 for emergency spill management.
In 2016, we recorded 134 spills, an increase of 27 per cent over 2015. All of these spills were considered small, meaning less than 100 litres—a three per cent improvement over 2015. Hydraulic oil from baggage loaders and lavatory fluid from aircraft accounted for the majority of total utilities spilled.