26. Chemical Disposal

Chemicals:

The Office of Environmental Health & Safety operates a Chemical Waste Disposal Program where all University chemical waste is picked up and sent out for proper disposal. There are some chemicals that they wil not take because of their extreme hazards.  They will call a professional chemical disposal agency to remove these types of chemicals.

The Department of Earth & Atmposheric Science has set up their disposal procedures as directed by the Office of Environmental Health & Safety such that all chemical waste is either bagged or bottled and labeled with the hazardous products contained therein. When an EAS Lab has a Technician, the Technician will fill out the appropriate Chematix* form and then submits the waste to the Safety Officer. When a lab does not have a Technician, the Supervisor of that lab must make sure that the bags or bottles of waste are labeled with the full name of the chemical and submit the waste to the Safety Officer. Then the Safety Officer must fill out the Chematix* forms.

All of the waste is then sent out through the Office of Environmental Health & Safety. (Note: You cannot leave Chemical Waste in the hallways for someone to pick up.  It is stored in B-09 ESB until EH&S personnel have time to pick it up.)

The rules for chemical disposal are:

NO CHEMICALS WASTES ARE TO BE POURED DOWN THE DRAINS.

There are heavy fines for doing so.

NO SOLID WASTES ARE TO BE PLACED INTO THE REGULAR GARBAGE.

Solid waste chemicals are labeled and sent out via the Office of Environmental Health & Safety Waste Disposal program.

All waste should be bottles in separate containers, do not mix different chemical in the same bottle. Explosions have occurred from this practice. Keep all liquid chemical waste separate. Be sure to place the liquid waste into the correct containers, e.g. Hydrofluoric Acid waste cannot be placed into glass bottles. DO NOT use metal containers to store corrosive wastes – they will corrode the container and turn into a chemical spill.

We CANNOT dispose of UNLABELED chemicals – you MUST LABEL your chemical waste.

If there is a problem with the identification of the waste, contact the Safety Officer for advice.

Failure to comply with the proper disposal of chemicals may result in an incident report. Pouring chemicals down the drain or placing chemical waste in the regular garbage can result in steep fines.