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The success of the hazardous waste management program depends not only on EH&S but also on the conscientious efforts of you, the individual. Unless you understand that chemical wastes you generate are your responsibility, the teaching and research goals of the University may be compromised. The key to managing this problem lies in recognizing your responsibility, understanding our management system, and reducing the volume of surplus and waste chemicals.
Lid - make sure you have a proper and tight lid
Label - label must include chemical name, appropriate hazard warning, and name of responsible persons
Location - fill and store wastes in the proper location you have designated in your lab or shop
Leaks - check containers daily for leaks. Containers should not leak if tipped.
Only properly labeled materials in securely sealed containers will be accepted for disposal. Any material not meeting these guidelines will be refused by EH&S until properly prepared.
These wastes cannot be collected during the normal weekly pick-up. Please contact EH&S for disposal information on these wastes.
Contact Radiation and Biological Safety voice mail at 816-3666 for pickup of these wastes. If you have any questions, contact 816-2236 to speak with a technical staff person.
Federal and State Hazardous Waste laws require that a container used to collect or store wastes must be properly labeled at all times. To comply with this requirement, EH&S will distribute "Hazardous Waste" tags upon request.
If the waste stream is consistent, the tag may be filled out and attached to the container when it is first used to collect the wastes.
If the waste stream varies, a tag should be filled out (except for the Chemical list and %) with a separate sheet attached to list the chemicals and volumes as they are added to the container. The chemical list can then be totaled and transferred to the "hazardous Waste" tag, by the generator, before it is picked up for disposal. The following procedures must be used to ensure proper completion of the waste tag:
Old chemicals and surplus chemicals that are in their original containers, do not leak and have legible labels, do not need to be tagged. Before you call to have your wastes picked up, check to make sure the materials are properly packaged and identified. Be sure all containers are tightly sealed. There should be no reasonable chance of leakage from the container. Also, the outside of the container should be free from contaminants. Containers with chemical spillage or stains will not be accepted. Please replace them.
NOTE: Improperly packaged, improperly labeled or overfilled containers will not be picked up.