General Purchasing Practices
Purchase materials, especially chemical products, in the smallest quantity possible.
Paint and Painting Materials
Purchase paint and paint-related products that comply with all local or state environmental regulatory agency requirements. The WBSO Paint Dept. sells compliant painting materials. Paint rags should be used sparingly. Air drying rags or throwing used rags, brushes, rollers, stir sticks, etc. in the trash is illegal.
Have all compressed gases delivered by the vendor to your location. Never throw compressed gas cylinders in the trash. Chain all cylinders in an upright position with valve covers tightened down. Segregate incompatible gases such as flammables (propane, acetylene etc.) from oxidizers (oxygen, etc.).
Inform all subcontractors you employ that the disposal of any waste generated by the subcontractor is the responsibility of the subcontractor. All waste must be taken by the subcontractor once the job is complete. Inspect their worksite frequently and watch for any dumping of waste materials into the waste hopper, storm drains, toilets, or sinks.
Special Effects and Environmental Considerations
Any form of artificial snow cannot be washed down storm drains. SnoFoam should be allowed to dry into a solid and then swept up and disposed of as trash. Special Effects materials should be evaluated and disposed of appropriately by the FX person in charge.
Cleaning Up Spills of Hazardous Material
All spills should be cleaned up promptly. The first priority after a spill is the safety of all personnel. Once personnel are safe, and if a qualified person is present, the environment should be protected by stopping the spill from reaching storm drains, sumps, gutters, soil, or bodies of water.
If a spill occurs, avoid touching it, walking in it or breathing it, and immediately take these steps:
When time permits, or if you are unable to clean up the spill, please report the spill and any containment efforts to S&EA at (818) 954-2890 or call the Hazardous Waste Facility at (818) 954-1271. The WBSO Fire Department can also help clean up a spill—especially during after-hours or on weekends. They can be reached at (818) 954-1261.
Hazardous Material Storage and Disposal
Any chemical containing products or hazardous materials productions is bringing onto the lot must be stored and segregated correctly by following the guidelines given on each product’s warning label. Do not store drums of materials or waste outside of any building or soundstage. Secondary containment may be required for proper drum storage, even if indoors. For further guidance, contact Brent Gale at (818) 954-3880.
Hazardous waste generated by in-house productions must be disposed of through the WBSO Hazardous Waste Facility. Examples of materials that are to be handled as hazardous wastes include: waste paint, paintbrush rinse water, paint rags, thinners, solvents, oils, empty aerosol cans, adhesives, special effects products, used brushes, rollers and stir sticks, etc. To arrange for disposal, contact Brent Gale at (818) 954-3880
Painting Operations / Waste Paint Consolidation and Labeling Guidelines
These guidelines are to be followed by all employees working with paint and paint-related materials while at Warner Bros. Studio or on location for a Warner Bros. production.
Productions working on the WBSO Main Lot should take all waste described below to the Hazardous Waste Facility (Avenue D and Eighth Street). For waste at the Ranch or on location, contact Brent Gale at (818) 954-3880.
Waste Paint Accumulation Limits
A total of fifty-five gallons (11 five-gallon buckets) of waste paint and waste paint-related materials may be accumulated inside the stage or on the set if the following conditions are met:
Waste Paint Drop-Off Procedures When at Warner Bros. Studios
All studio departments and production companies are required to drop off their hazardous waste at the WBSO Hazardous Waste Facility Bldg. 78, located South of Bldg. 47 at the intersection of Avenue D and 8th Street. Note: Non-WB Productions purchasing paint from WBSO are eligible for hazardous waste services.
When the maximum allowable fifty-five-gallon storage limit has been reached (any combination of the above waste categories equaling a total of 11 five-gallon buckets), the following procedures shall be followed:
Please call Brent Gale at (818) 954-3880 or Robert Contreraz (818) 954-1271 if you have any questions.
Waste Paint Disposal Procedures When on Local Location
When returning paint-related materials to WBSO (including brush water), attach a label to the bucket that exactly describes the contents of the bucket, as described above in “Waste Paint Consolidation and Labeling.”
Do not use terms such as “Sludge” or “Waste” to describe the contents of a bucket! In the event of a spill or mishap, police or fire departments may call for the Fire Department Hazardous Materials Response Team if all containers of chemical- containing buckets are not properly labeled.
Leftover paint and brush water that can still be used can be transported back to the Main Lot. Materials that are considered “waste” cannot be transported by production and will need to be picked up by a licensed hauler. Contact Brent Gale for assistance at (818) 954-3880.
Used materials that cannot be reused are considered waste and cannot be transported back to the main lot. This waste will need to be picked up by a licensed hazardous waste hauler; S&EA has a list of pre-approved haulers. The pickup will require the acquisition of an EPA ID Number, which may take in excess of two weeks. Waste cannot be picked up or shipped until the number has been issued by the EPA, as it will be required on the federal hazardous waste manifests. Disposal in any other manner is against WB Policy.
If your production company anticipates that it will be generating any used chemical-containing materials off-lot that will be considered “waste,” contact Brent Gale at (818) 954-3880.
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