The Generator's Responsibilities
Faculty, staff and students are responsible for the waste they generate, and to comply with federal, state, city, university, and department guidelines for the proper management of generated hazardous wastes. The general responsibilities of each chemical user are the following:
- Waste Reduction
- Indentify each regulated hazardous waste
- Label all wastes with the required information
- Dispose of regualted wastes properly
- Waste Storage & Handling
- Surplus Reagents
- Empty Bottles
In addition, faculty, staff, and students are also responsible for the following:
- Designate an area (of compatible wastes)
Your hazardous chemical wastes must be stored in an area you designate as the waste storage area. This can be an area on the bench top, an area of a hood, or even in a flammable materials cabinet. The main objectives are to keep the waste separated from other chemicals, to store compatible wastes together, and to keep them isolated from the sewer system.
- Secondary confinement of the designated area
You must also determine how to contain your hazardous wastes if a spill in the designated area happens so that it will not discharge into the sewer system. This means you will be isolating your hazardous wastes by use of what's called "secondary confinement". A common method is to use a polyethylene tub or tray with a flat bottom. Additionally, this method helps to define your designated waste area.
- Segregate your wastes by compatibility
See the Waste Segregation Section.
- Label, date, & initial your waste containers
See the Waste Labeling Section for the container label.
- Keep a waste log of all your generated wastes for your lab (not just each bottle)
Keep a continuous list of wastes you generate. A waste log will help you track your hazardous wastes and help you determine how much and what kinds of wastes your lab generates.
Forms are available from the storeroom manager or download Room Waste Log.
- Dispose of wastes properly
Notify the Storeroom Manager when you have generated a full bottle of waste.
Remember to not overfill a bottle with liquid — Maximum Fill = 3 inches or more below the neck!
If your wastes are not labeled correctly, they will not be picked up.