In order to prevent injuries and minimize environmental hazards, all chemical waste must be handled and disposed of properly. Each laboratory person handling hazardous chemicals is responsible for the proper accumulation and management of waste in the laboratory.
Environment Health & Safety, EHS, will pick up the following items:
- Flammable solids, liquids and gases
- Halogenated solvents
- Reactive materials such as peroxides, perchlorates, alkyl-metal compounds and explosives. These materials require special handling so please notify pick up personnel to the nature of the reactivity
- Corrosives (organic and inorganic)
- Used vacuum pump oil and other lubricant oils
- Rare metals and heavy metals including mercury
- Batteries (sealed, non-leaking batteries may be sent through campus mail)
- PCB oil and materials
Pick up of hazardous waste is a service provided by the Department of Environmental Health & Safety.
Laboratory personnel are responsible for the following:
- Place Hazardous Waste label on the container. Labels are available through EH&S.
- Write the name of the chemical on the label.
- Write the start date on the label of when waste was first placed in the container.
- Write the full date on the label of when the container is full.
- All containers must be kept closed except when adding waste.
- Store waste containers in the lab where the waste is generated.
- Contact EH&S within 3 days of the container becoming full.
- Multiple containers may be boxed for ease of carrying. Label the box “Environmental Health & Safety”.
You may fill out the online form through the EH&S website.