Hazardous waste management is ruled by increasingly stringent and complex regulations. The generator of the waste is responsible for the management of chemical and hazardous wastes at the University. The Office of Environmental Health and Safety (OEHS) will support generators in these matters. The OEHS will assist generators on campus to assure that wastes are managed in accordance with regulations. However, it is the generator's ultimate responsibility to assure that waste generated is managed in a safe and appropriate manner.
Any waste material that may, upon contact, present a hazard to one's health or surrounding environment should be treated as a potentially hazardous waste. This includes spent or unused chemicals, cleaning solutions, oils, etc. If there is any doubt whether a material should be treated as hazardous, contact the OEHS. Never throw any questionable material in the sewer or trash without first consulting with the OEHS.
The OEHS will pick up properly documented and packaged wastes and will store them prior to their final disposition. Waste is disposed of by contract and is picked up from the University usually twice a year. The hierarchy of disposal methods used for the University's waste is reclamation and residual destruction, high temperature incineration, chemical/physical treatment, and secure land filling.
For further information on hazardous waste procedures, please contact the OEHS or visit the OEHS Web site for specific program information by clicking the link below.