You finish your work in a darkroom and, you probably wonder whether there are
regulations that pertain to pouring chemicals down the drain. Perhaps you look
at the various chemical containers you need for photographic work and wonder whether
you can organize them in a way to reduce the amount of waste they produce.
There’s no doubt that working in a darkroom or a photographic lab can
expose workers to a host of chemicals. These chemicals also impact the environment
if their waste is not managed properly. Plus, storing chemicals-especially those
that are toxic or flammable-can be hazardous without proper awareness and training.
One idea is to follow the example of other types of labs and develop an internal
marketplace for chemical exchange among university employees and students. For
more about this and other best practices associated with working in a darkroom
or photographic lab, as well as environmental laws and regulations, continue
on through this section of the EVC.