Chemicals will not be poured down the drain or dumped in the general trash, unless
the Chemical Safety Office (CSO) has given written permission for that specific chemical
to be disposed in such a manner.
All regulated or hazardous chemical waste shall be offered to the Chemical Safety
Office for collection and proper disposal, using the Chemical Inventory Database provided
by Environmental Health & Safety Division.
A. Generator Responsibilities
- Proper identification of each container of chemical waste and components of a mixture
of chemical waste is essential for the safe handling and proper disposal of these
materials. Unknown chemicals pose a safety risk to personnel collecting them and cannot
be properly handled for disposal until they are identified.
- Generators must provide sufficient information about their chemical waste to enable
CSO to identify and classify the material in accordance with EPA and DOT requirements
for transport and disposal. At minimum, information will include:
- name of the chemical or chemical components of a mixture, no abbreviations or acronyms
- percent concentration for each chemical component when the waste is a mixture
- building and room number where the waste was generated
- name of the Principal Investigator or owner of the chemical waste
- type of container (plastic, glass, etc.)
- total amount of waste (gallons, pounds, grams, mililiters, etc.)
Proper use of the Waste Pickup application of the Chemical Inventory Database will
ensure the required identification and classification for the waste is provided.
B. Requesting a Pickup of Hazardous Waste
- All hazardous chemical waste is processed through the Chemical Inventory Database for pickup using the Waste Pickup Module.
C. Labeling Hazardous Waste Containers:
- All hazardous chemical waste containers offered for disposal must have a Hazardous
Waste label, which is produced using the Waste Pickup module of the Chemical Inventory
- For instructions on how to request a pickup and print a Hazardous Waste Label for
the waste container, go to the Chemical Inventory Database On-line Training.
D. Chemicals for Exchange
In an effort to meet the regulatory requirements for waste minimization, the CSO has
established a Chemical Exchange Program.
Under this program Principal Investigators may contribute chemicals in the original
reagent containers for use by other laboratories. All Exchange Chemicals must have
a Chemical Exchange label.
Notification to pickup exchange chemicals is done using the Waste Pickup Module of
the Chemical Inventory Database. Instructions on how to produce a request to pick
up exchange chemicals and the Chemical Exchange Label, go to the CS Assistant Web User Manual, page 18. (or call 706-721-2663 for assistance)
- Complete all information as described in the CS Assistant User Manual for the Waste
- Print label number 4, which is defined as Chemical Exchange Label-Avery 8163 (10-up).
You may print the label on the prescribed Avery adhesive label or on a plain piece
- Apply or tape the label to the container. Do not cover or deface the original label.
If using an adhesive label, apply it to a clear area of the container.
- Place the container where it can be easily located by CSO staff members on the following
E. Notification for Collection:
Notification for pickup of hazardous waste is produced when the pickup request is
completed in the Chemical Inventory Database.
CSO staff members produce a list of all the requests entered in the Waste Pickup module
of the database to use for collecting hazardous wastes.
CSO Staff members will pick up all exchange chemicals and hazardous waste, requested
through the CS Assistant Database on the following Wednesday.
Prior to the Wednesday pickup, verify the following:
- the Hazardous Waste label has been printed and attached to the container
- the Exchange chemical labels have been printed and attached to the container - Do
not cover or deface the original label
- the chemical container is appropriate for the material and is sealed to preclude leakage
- See special procedures for handling Oxidizing & Peroxide Forming chemicals.
Place the hazardous waste containers or exchange chemicals in the fume hood or pre-arranged
pickup area on the the Wednesday morning it is to be picked up
F. Collection Procedures:
- Chemical Safety Office Responsibilities:
a) Chemical Waste will normally be picked up on Wednesday of every week.
b) The Buddy System is used during collection of chemical waste from laboratories.
c) Based upon information provided by the Principal Investigator offering the chemical
for waste disposal, CSO staff will classify the material, assign EPA Hazardous Codes,
assign DOT Hazard Classification and assign proper shipping names for all waste received
G. Using the Chemical Inventory Database to produce a Waste Pickup Request and Labels:
Instructions for producing a Waste Pickup Request and Hazardous Waste Container labels
are provided in the On-Line Training under Module 4: Waste Pickup.