Issuance Date: 01/10/2011
Issuing Office: Environment, Health & Safety
All hazardous materials shall be inventoried and waste removed from individual spaces and from the general campus area as often as necessary to prevent disease, nuisance, and safety problems and to comply with regulatory requirements. Prior to removal, hazardous wastes will be stored in a manner compliant with regulatory requirements to prevent nuisance, spills, exposure, and environmental problems.
The Environment, Health and Safety (EH&S) Office will advise departments on handling, storage, and disposal requirements for chemical, high hazard, radioactive, and biological wastes. Personnel safety, requirements of the law and environmental concerns dictate the necessity for safe handling of hazardous materials and wastes. Hazardous Materials storage and Hazardous Waste disposal shall be in accordance with procedures established by and available from EH&S.
Users are urged to minimize the purchase of hazardous materials and hazardous waste production by substituting less hazardous materials, reducing the volume of hazardous materials on hand, recycling, and altering processes to reduce the hazards and/or volume of waste generated.
Hazardous Materials and Hazardous Waste storage guidelines can be found through blink, at http://blink.ucsd.edu/safety/research-lab/chemical/storage/ for chemical materials and http://blink.ucsd.edu/safety/research-lab/hazardous-waste/index.html for hazardous waste.
HAZARDOUS MATERIALS SHIPPING
Requirements can be found at: http://blink.ucsd.edu/facilities/services/shipping/hazardous/
Radioactive materials or wastes containing toxic, flammable, pH <5 or >12 or carcinogenic matter shall not be disposed of into the sanitary sewer unless specifically approved by EH&S. Refer to blink page, http://blink.ucsd.edu/safety/research-lab/hazardous-waste/sewer.html for more information.
Universal Waste Electronic Devices are hazardous waste and includes: batteries, cell phones, computers and monitors, fluorescent lamps, thermometers, aerosol cans, televisions, some toys, and potentially anything with a cord. Refer to http://blink.ucsd.edu/safety/research-lab/hazardous-waste/electronics.html for computer monitor and electronic devices disposal.
UC San Diego ChemCycle at http://blink.ucsd.edu/safety/research-lab/hazardous-waste/chemcycle.html is the preferred method for disposing of new or unused chemicals that meet the criteria for distributing back to campus research staff. In this case, the ChemCycle program, then becomes the preferred method for obtaining free hazardous materials on campus. Donations to or from other institutions or individuals should be brought to the attention of EH&S prior to altering ownership.
UC San Diego is not permitted as a disposal facility and therefore, employs reputable waste disposal contractors that are thoroughly inspected by the UC system. To dispose of unwanted or discarded materials, contact the Environmental Management Facility at 534-2753 or EH&S at 534-3660.
Once spilled, a hazardous material becomes a hazardous waste. Department chairs or Principal Investigators, in cooperation with EH&S, are responsible for safely removing spills of hazardous wastes and ensuring that required equipment, supplies, and trained departmental personnel are available. The EH&S Office (534-3660) should be contacted for a list of materials to be kept on hand at all times in the event of a spill. EH&S will advise and assist the departments regarding the clean-up of hazardous spills, but departments must assume responsibility for the actual clean-up.
UC San Diego must follow the mandated EPA protocols for tracking waste. UC San Diego delegates the manifesting of hazardous waste to the EH&S Department. The Environmental Management Facility (EMF) staff, located in Building E of the Campus Services Complex, are specifically trained to comply with the EPA manifest regulations, and are the only authorized UC San Diego staff to complete the required regulatory documentation.
Campus activities generating inherently waste-like materials shall contact EMF staff to complete the manifesting process. State Agencies annually review UC San Diego manifest documentation for accuracy and completeness. To ensure compliance with the manifesting requirements, EMF staff must comprehensively review and sign manifests.
UC San Diego recognizes that hazardous waste generation presents an immediate and long-term commitment to minimize or eliminate the threat of natural resource contamination. Safe waste management and substitution of less hazardous material improves community health and regional environmental quality.