||The Clean Technology Centre, Cork Institute
of Technology, is currently developing a web based version
of its paper-based tool for the identification of hazardous
components of waste. The paper-based tool has been available
since 2001 and was commissioned by the Environmental Protection
Agency - through its ERTDI project Procedure for the Identification
of the Hazardous Components of Waste.
The paper tool has been generally accepted as a very worthwhile
method for hazardous waste identification and has been widely
utilised by companies, the EPA and local authorities in Ireland
since its availability.
Since October 2004, CTC has been working with partners from
7 other EU Members states in developing a web-based version
of that tool, that will both identify hazardous components
of waste and also provide users with a training/guidance package
on several aspects of hazardous waste management according
to best practice principles - and in line with EU and national
legislation, policies and programmes in those regions.
The online tool (called HAZTRAIN) will take users -
in a simple step by step process - though the difficult
and complex procedure of hazardous waste identification
that is governed by EU and Irish legislation. The tool
will also provide guidance and information to support
an understanding of the legislation and how it works.
Just like the paper tool, it is specifically designed to
show producers - or holders of waste - whether or not that
waste is hazardous and it will provide those users with evidence
of their findings that can then be shown to regulators and
the appropriate authorities.
The project will run until September 2006, when the final
product will be launched in each region (Ireland, Austria,
Denmark, Portugal, Slovenia, Slovakia, Spain).
HAZTRAIN is co-funded by the European Commission Leonardo
da Vinci Community Vocational Training Action Programme (IRL/04/B/F/PP-153.225).
For further details, visit - www.haztrain.org
Tadhg Coakley, Projects Manager
Clean Technology Centre
Cork Institute of Technology
Unit 1, Melbourne Business Park, Cork
Tel: +353 21 4344864
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