Proper paint and paint-related disposal will safeguard the health and safety of workers and building occupants, minimize potential negative impacts to the environment, and ensure adherence to the various regulatory issues concerning disposal.
The purpose of this procedure is to provide guidance for the proper collection, storage, and disposal of latex, epoxy, and oil-based paint wastes used in and around university buildings.
This procedure applies to all University at Buffalo employees and contractors. This includes facilities painters, laborers, or any other person that performs painting. This will also apply to faculty, students and staff if they paint.
Refer to UB Hazardous Chemical Waste Management Guidebook concerning the management and disposal of hazardous waste and hazardous materials. UB facilities personnel should refer to the University Facilities Safety Manual, Hazardous Waste Disposal Policy for additional guidance. Any additional questions may be addressed to the UB EHS Hazardous Waste Manager.
The primary responsibility for following this procedure falls with the person(s) using any form of paint in all university buildings and areas.
Latex or acrylic latex paints are paints that use water as the primary vehicle or thinner. Other additives may be present; generally this type of paint is of low toxicity
Oil based paints use one of many organic solvents instead of water as the primary vehicle or thinner. Common solvents used in oil base paints include mineral spirits, toluene, xylene, and other petroleum distillate solvents. These solvents can cause the paint to be combustible or flammable.
Rags, debris, etc. which are soaked with oil based paints and solvents such as mineral spirits. The primary hazard for this type of waste would be flammability.
A hazardous waste satellite accumulation area is a location at which hazardous wastes destined to be collected by UB EHS are temporarily stored. The total volume in an SAA must not exceed 55 gallons of waste.
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