Just The Facts

This Chapter is designed to give users just the basics they need to know to manage Hazardous, Radioactive, and Infectious Wastes at the University of Louisville. It is for quick reference only and is by no means comprehensive. Users should read all the applicable portions of this Disposal Guide for full explanation of the waste disposal procedures at the University.


How to Comply with the Hazardous Waste Regulations


Except for two areas controlled solely by the Department of Environmental Health and Safety (DEHS), all areas where hazardous waste are managed at the University of Louisville are considered satellite accumulation areas. This is a regulatory designation which allows generators in these areas to operate under the minimum of regulatory oversight. As such, the following five points are all that generators need to know to operate in compliance with the law. It is critical that generators know and understand these points and that they manage their waste in accordance with them. Hazardous Waste Satellite Accumulation Requirements:

  • The container holding the hazardous waste MUST BE marked with the words "Hazardous Waste". No variation of these words is permissible.

  • The container holding the hazardous waste must be in good condition. This means no cracks, no rust, and no leaks.

  • The container holding the hazardous waste must be compatible with the waste and any waste mixtures in that container must also be compatible.

  • The container holding the hazardous waste must be closed at ALL TIMES. The only exception to this is when waste is being added to or removed from the container.

  • Accumulation of hazardous waste in any satellite accumulation area cannot exceed 55 gallons at any time. If the area accumulates acutely hazardous waste, one quart is the maximum amount allowed to be accumulated. A list of the acutely hazardous wastes is available in Chapter 3 - CHEMICAL WASTE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM.


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How to get Hazardous and Chemical Waste Picked Up


Step 1

Complete and affix Container Labels to each of the containers of waste which you want picked up. Use only one label for each container and use chemical names only. No trade names, chemical formulas or chemical structures are allowed. Container labels are available through DEHS by calling 852-6670.

Step 2

Complete the Chemical Pickup Request Form. Complete information is required or waste cannot be picked up. Use the label numbers that correspond to the container labels you have affixed to your containers. Please list the contact person who knows first hand about the waste being picked-up.

Step 3

Your waste will usually be picked up within two weeks of DEHS' receipt of properly completed form. DEHS must have access to the area where the waste is located to pick it up. If special arrangements for gaining access needs to be made, please note this on the comments section of the request form.


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Department of Environmental Health And Safety

Main Office

1800 Arthur Street

Louisville, Kentucky 40208


tel (502) 852-6670

fax (502) 852-0880

Department of Environmental Health And Safety

Radiation Safety Office

319 Abraham Flexner Way

Louisville, Kentucky 40202


tel (502) 852-5231

fax (502) 852-8911

Office Hours

M-F 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

No holiday hours

IH Service Account


IBC Service Account