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Laboratory Waste Management Program General Awareness

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Laboratory Waste Management

General Awareness

Why is this so important

course overview
Course Overview
  • It’s Your Responsibility!
  • Regulation and Policy
  • Laboratory Waste Management
  • Spills/ Emergencies
  • Pollution Prevention
it s your responsibility5


Laboratory Waste

Management Committee

Coordinating Department

Department Chairperson


Facility Personnel


Laboratory Workers

It’s Your Responsibility!

Who is Responsible for Laboratory Waste?

regulation and policy8
Regulation and Policy

What can happen if you’re not

in compliance?

  • Fines
  • Prosecution
regulation and policy9
[Your Key Policy Points]


Applicable Regulations

Pollution Prevention Objectives

Continual Improvement of Environmental Systems]

[Your Key Principles]


Comply with regulations

Minimize impact to environment and community

Continually reduce impacts through pollution prevention

Educate and train on programs and procedures

Monitor performance]

Regulation and Policy
regulation and policy10

[insert specific detail]


[insert who will be notified]

Warning letter

[insert specific detail]



Correction, with costs assessed to department or college

Closure of laboratory

Loss of laboratory privileges]

Regulation and Policy


laboratory waste management12
Laboratory WasteManagement


  • Define waste
  • Discuss proper management of different types of waste
hazardous waste identification
Hazardous Waste Identification
  • Corrosive
  • Ignitable
  • Reactive
  • Toxic

or if

  • Listed

Wastes are considered hazardous if they exhibitone or moreof the following characteristics:

how do i know
How Do I Know?
  • Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS)
    • provides information on:
      • safe handling and disposal
      • physical properties and hazards
      • safe storage
    • internet references
      • many more on page 18 of guidebook
    • Call [Coordinating Department at ______] for more information
    • Call manufacturer or supplier of product
waste characterization
Waste Characterization
  • Checklist in Guidebook 3
  • Mixed waste?
  • Specific hazardous wastes?
  • Radioactive Waste?
  • Additional Questions?
    • Call [Coordinating Department at _______]
container management
Container Management
  • Containers should be:
    • Compatible with waste
    • Needs to be clean
    • Sturdy, leak proof
    • Closed, tight-fitting cap
    • Appropriate size
    • Under control of person producing waste
    • Labeled with hazardous waste label
hazardous waste labeling
Hazardous Waste Labeling
  • Labels
    • Identify hazardous waste
    • List all components and their percentages
    • Identify hazard properties
    • Name, location, and phone number of person responsible for waste
    • Remove other extraneous labels
hazardous waste accumulation area
Located in laboratory

Mark area clearly

Proper containers and labels

Segregate incompatibles

Secondary containment for liquid containers

Spill kit

Only one container of each hazardous waste

Maximum storage:

55 gallons

1 quart acutely hazardous

Post emergency information

Hazardous Waste Accumulation Area
pick up and disposal
[The Coordinating Department] is responsible for retrieval, transport and disposal

When full, arrange for immediate removal

Fax form and call [the Coordinating Department at ____]

Container must be properly labeled

Pick-up must be supervised by a knowledgeable user

Pick-up and Disposal
chemical clean out23
Chemical Clean-Out
  • Inventory all unwanted chemicals
  • Fill out “Laboratory Clean-out Form”
  • Fax and call [Coordinating Department at ______]
  • Coordinating Department will assess and manage
biological waste management25
Biological Waste Management
  • Biomedical
    • biohazardous
    • infectious
    • pathological
    • “sharps”
  • Animal
biomedical waste packaging
Double-lined red biohazard bags

In rigid containers

Within weight limits

Double tape bags when full

Label with college label obtained from Coordinating Dept

Close container and triple tape seams

Notify Coord. Dpt for pickup at _______

Biomedical Waste Packaging

Good practice: Autoclave infectious waste

pharmaceutical waste management
Pharmaceutical Waste Management
  • What is pharmaceutical waste?
  • Separate from regular trash
  • Label
  • Fax and call [Coordinating Department at ____] for disposal

Step 1: Segregate by hazard type

Step 2: Place in sharps container and affix proper hazard labels

Step 3:

Biological place in lined biological waste container

Biological and

Hazardous label as biological waste and hazardous waste and contact [CD]

Radioactive call [Radiation Safety Office]


lab glassware place in box and seal box, then place box in trash

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Chemical Spill / Emergency Response

What would you do

in the event of a spill?

chemical spill emergency response31
Assess hazards and dangers — if unknown,assume the worst and evacuate

Tend to injured or contaminated person

Seek medical attention immediately

Contain or limit the spill

Call [insert contact number] for emergency personnel to clean-up spill and provide medical attention

Notify Supervisor

Chemical Spill / Emergency Response
pollution prevention

Source Elimination and Reduction

Recycling and Reuse


Pollution Prevention

EPA’s Pollution Prevention Hierarchy


pollution prevention strategy
Pollution Prevention Strategy
  • Reduced scale
    • “micro scale” experiments
  • Reduced toxicity/chemical substitution
  • Reuse & recovery of lab chemicals
  • Detoxification
    • lab experiments that produce a less toxic/hazardous substance
  • Computer modeling & simulations
    • demo experiments vs. chemical usage
where to get help
Where to Get Help

To get help, or to learn more:

  • Call Coordinating Department
  • List of environmental resources in
    • [Guidebook]
    • [website]
    • [etc.]

It’s your responsibility!