Pro-Chemical and Hazardous Waste Accumulation

procedure chemical hazardous waste accumulation modified Mon Jul 27 2020 13:18:19 GMT-0400 (Eastern Daylight Time)

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PROCEDURE

PROCEDURE NAME

Chemical and Hazardous Waste Accumulation

EFFECTIVE DATE

PROCEDURE APPLICABILITY

This procedure applies to the University Community (administrators, faculty, staff, and students).

REASON FOR PROCEDURE

Protection of human health and the environment.  Federal, state, and local regulations do not permit the disposal of chemical hazardous waste into the regular trash or waste water treatment system.

PROCEDURE STATEMENT

ALL hazardous wastes generated in a laboratory, clinic, research facility or department (“satellite accumulation area”) and accumulated for disposal MUST meet this procedure requirement.

  • Chemical and hazardous waste generated in your area MUST stay in your area during the waste accumulation period. The waste must stay in control of the operator; this means you cannot pass through a doorway to get to your waste collection container. 
  • Chemical and hazardous waste containers MUST be in good condition. 
  • Waste containers MUST be compatible with the waste and approved to hold chemicals (i.e. no food or beverage containers). 
  • All mixtures of chemical wastes MUST be compatible. 
  • Hazardous waste containers MUST be marked with the words “Hazardous Waste” or “Chemical Waste” 
  • Chemical and hazardous waste containers MUST ALWAYS be closed except when adding or removing waste. 
  • Accumulation of "physical characteristic (eg flammable, corrosive, moderately toxic) chemical; waste in any laboratory or work area SHALL NOT EXCEED 50-gallons or  200 pounds at any time
  • Accumulation of acutely hazardous waste (EPA “P-Listed”) in any laboratory or work area SHALL NOT EXCEED one quart (1 kg) at any time.
RELATED INFORMATION

The storage of hazardous waste is strictly regulated by the federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). These complicated regulations are enforced by the Kentucky Department of Environmental Protection and USEPA.

University Waste Disposal Guide

40 CFR Part 260

Detailed information on University policies and procedures for identifying, handling, and disposing of hazardous wastes are contained in UofL's Disposal Guide on the web at: http://louisville.edu/dehs/waste-disposal.

Call DEHS at 502-852-2956 or 502-852-6670 if you have any questions about hazardous waste management.


FORMS/ONLINE PROCESSES

DEHS web-site: DEHS Waste Management & Disposal

DEHS Chemical & Hazardous Waste Pick Up form: Chemical and Hazardous Waste Pickup Request


ADMINISTRATIVE AUTHORITY

Senior Associate Vice President for Operations

RESPONSIBLE UNIVERSITY DEPARTMENT/DIVISION

Environmental Health and Safety
University of Louisville
Louisville, KY 40292
502-852-6670
dehsubm@louisville.edu

HISTORY

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The University Policy and Procedure Library is updated regularly. In order to ensure a printed copy of this document is current, please access it online at http://louisville.edu/policies.