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Regulated Waste

Learn more about the correct way to dispose of regulated waste.

Our Science Laboratory Chemical Hygiene Plan (hereafter referred to as the Chemical Hygiene Plan or CHP) provides written policies as required primarily by OSHA (PESH2) but it also provides guidance on regulations promulgated by other agencies such as EPA. While laboratory accidents such as spills cannot be completely avoided, taking a safety conscious approach (SCA) will serve to limit the severity of an accident and will greatly reduce the risk of an accident resulting in serious damage to property or injury to staff, students, visitors and/or volunteers.

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  • General Information
    • No hazardous, regulated, or industrial wastes may be dumped down or discharged to any sanitary or storm drain/sewer.
    • Only trained personnel or those working under the supervision of trained personnel may manage waste. Waste Management Training is required if an employee has the responsibility for:
      • Determining what is a hazardous waste
      • Adding hazardous waste into accumulation containers
      • Transporting hazardous waste from accumulation points to permanent storage
      • Inspecting hazardous waste storage areas or responding to spills involving hazardous wastes
      • New employees may not manage or handle hazardous waste unless supervised.
    • Hazardous wastes may be accumulated in areas close to the point of generation (accumulation area) and that are under the control of the area supervisor.
    • The waste container must be in good condition. If the waste container holding the hazardous waste is not in good condition, or if it begins to leak, bulge, rust or is otherwise damaged, the hazardous waste from this container must be transferred to a container that is in good condition.
    • Shelves used to hold waste containers must be in good condition and have a lip.
    • Flammable storage cabinets must be used for any room having in excess of 25 gallons of flammable material.
    • A container must be used that is made with or lined with materials, which will not react with, and are otherwise compatible with, the hazardous waste to be stored, so that the ability of the container to contain the waste is not impaired.
    • Containers of incompatible materials must be segregated. (Refer to attached Incompatibility Chart)
    • A container holding hazardous waste must always be closed during storage, except when it is necessary to add or remove waste.
    • A container holding hazardous waste must not be opened, handled, or stored in a manner, which may rupture the container or cause it to leak.
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