Case Scenario

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The Case Scenario assignments for this class will be found in Unit IV (Scenarios #1 and #2) and Unit VIII (Scenarios #3 and #4). Read the selected case scenarios below, and answer the questions that follow. Your answers should include information from your course materials and/or research when required, but, again, should be primarily in your own words. If you paraphrase or quote words or ideas from your course textbook or other resources, you should cite your sources using APA Guidelines. Your responses should be complete. Generally 200 to 300 words are required for a “complete” answer to a Case Scenario.

You are required to submit both completed Case Scenarios as ONE document (Case Scenarios 1 & 2 in Unit IV as ONE document and Case Scenarios 3 & 4 in Unit VIII as ONE document)

 

Unit VIII Final Case Scenario #3:

The Situation: The Case of the Oily Rags Outside of the City's Fleet Operation Maintenance Bays there is a dumpster with a nicely painted sign saying Deposit Oily rags here. As the newly appointed EH&S Manager for the city you ask the next pressing question to the Maintenance Supervisor. “After you put your oily rags in the dumpster, where does the dumpster go?” His response was; “they take them out to the power plant and burn them.” You just smile and say “oh, that's nice that the city has that capability” Two days later while you are out at the power plant, you ask the Operations Manager about the burning of oily rags in the unit. He tells you that they used to do that but now with the newer changes in place from the EPA they are not allowed to. So you ask yet again another obvious question; “then why are these dumpsters of oily rags coming out here?” He was surprised that you mentioned it because he had been wondering that himself. Now he has 4 dumpsters on his property filled with oily rags.BEM 3601, Waste Management 4

 

The Questions:

1. Should the oily rags stay on the plant site?

2. What responsibility does Fleet Operations have?

 

Unit VIII Final Case Scenario #4:

The Situation: It is Monday in the middle of August and you are a consultant for a local power plant. This particular plant is of an older design in which it can produce power by burning oil, coal, natural gas or garbage. To burn garbage the refuse trucks have to collect the waste and bring it to the plant. At the plant the garbage is dumped on what is known as the “tipping floor” and then hand sorted. Some items, such as mattresses, appliances and the more sturdy items cannot be burned so they have to be removed from the trash. Its already 98 degrees outside when you receive the phone call from the power plant. Apparently one of the sorters found something that you need to see. You hate going out there particularly on a Monday, because most of the time the garbage was dumped on Friday and has sat there all weekend getting “ripe”. When you arrive and open your car door, you realize you were right; it is very ripe! Gagging, you try to down-play your feelings and go to find the supervisor. This particular work group uses a “working supervisor” plan in which the supervisor also sorts garbage. You find him shortly after your arrival and as he is walking over to you, you noticed that he takes off his filthy gloves and lights up a cigarette. With his cigarette in his mouth he sticks out his hand to shake for introductions. All that is going through your mind is where have his hands been. He runs through his story and apparently one of the workers as found a box with a radiation sign on it, except the box is empty.

The Questions:

1. What are your first actions?

2. What do you do if the radiation sign indicates a significant hazard?

 

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