An electrical transformer: it’s an everyday piece of equipment--and also a possible risk. Don’t wait for a problem to arise before raising the questions that can help you avoid a time-consuming, expensive and potentially dangerous situation:
- Who “owns” the transformer--the college or university, the electrical company or someone else?
- Does the transformer contain polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB)-based oil?
- If not, is the transformer labeled “non-PCB”?
- If so, is the school following all the requirements of the Toxic Substance Control Act?
- If located outdoors and if there were a leak, would transformer oil be contained on the pavement, or would its release impact soil or water?
Follow these links for answers to how you can protect the environment, worker safety and the potential financial liability of your school.