Environmental Safety

 

 

Chemical Waste Disposal Guidelines

Hazardous chemicals and potentially hazardous wastes generated as a by-product of research and teaching at the University must be handled and disposed of according to legally mandated methods or accepted prudent practices. This policy contains guidelines and procedures for the removal and disposal of hazardous chemical waste.

General Guidelines:

  1. Hazardous waste should not be placed in areas accessible by the general public (e.g. hallways, restrooms, stairways, outside buildings, loading docks, parking lots or in open motor vehicles).
     
  2. All hazardous waste that has been designated for disposal must be segregated from chemicals in use and in a safe, but conspicuous location. DO NOT place hazardous waste in a location where it could be mistaken for ordinary trash and accidentally disposed of by Housekeeping personnel.

Chemical Waste Disposal:

  1. No hazardous chemicals shall be placed in domestic waste containers (dumpsters, trash cans, etc.), evaporated in a fume hood, poured down drains, rinsed down sanitary sewers or in any other way released to the environment. Improper disposal of hazardous waste could result in a fine, imprisonment, or both.
     
  2. The generators of the waste to be picked up must contact Environmental Safety via email and provide location, quantity and identity of the materials for pickup. The waste containers must be properly sealed and labeled with the name of the chemical (no abbreviations).