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Pollution Prevention Week is September 19-25
During Pollution Prevention (P2) Week, PPI and EPA celebrate practices that reduce or prevent pollution from being released into the environment prior to recycling, treatment or disposal. Looking for pollution prevention activities to celebrate P2 Week? Check out EPA's page dedicated to P2 at work.

Looking for P2 ideas for your business? Check out more than 90 industry P2 case summaries here. Are you interested in a new P2 change, but are unsure how to implement it or curious about the economic and environmental value? PPI can help. Call us at (800) 578-8898 or email ksu-ppi@ksu.edu.

Free Hazardous Waste Generator workshops 

The KDHE Bureau of Waste Management's annual Hazardous Waste Generator workshops are for anyone responsible for managing hazardous waste. Registration is required for this free workshop, and basic and advanced sessions will be available with multiple dates to provide flexibility. Information on the 2022 workshop is not yet available, but will be posted here soon.

Once registration opens for the 2022 event, you'll be able to register in the Workshop Registration Portal.
Online hazardous waste training

Need a virtual option for hazardous waste handler training? Hazardous waste handlers are required to complete training annually, and new employees must be trained within six months of taking a position that requires they handle hazardous waste. This training needs to be documented and maintained for at least three years. PPI offers online training that includes a certificate of completion for $50 per user.

72nd annual Health and Safety Conference

The Kansas Department of Labor’s Division of Industrial Safety and Health is hosting its annual conference, Oct. 11-14, at the Hilton Garden Inn in Manhattan. This conference features the latest in OSHA regulations, changes in laws and upcoming rules. The conference program is available to view and registration is open. Make sure to stop by and see us at the PPI exhibitor booth!

Intern Spotlight:
Keely Hutchinson, 2022 Circuit Rider

"My internship with PPI was a great experience. I would recommend it for students, and I would encourage any companies that are interested in an intern look into the circuit rider option."
Name: Keely Hutchinson
Major: Mechanical engineering,minor in computer science
University: Kansas State University

What companies did you work with this summer?
I worked with five companies in the industries of animal health, carbon black manufacturing, OEM metal structures manufacturing, cabinet manufacturing and refrigerated storage.

What was your favorite project to work on? Why?
At many of the companies, I performed an air audit using an ultrasonic leak detection system. Finding the leaks this way was a little like "hide and seek." It was also interesting to see how quickly the cost savings added up when the leak costs were annualized.

What was your biggest takeaway from the experience?
My biggest takeaway from this summer is that most of the facilities that I worked with had some fairly easy-to-tackle projects that could make a noticeable financial difference as well as lessen their environmental impact.

What are your future plans?
I hope to use my mechanical and computer science background to keep working in the environmental field and to help the world work toward a more sustainable future.