Date Established: 8/28/2009
Date Last Updated: -
Category: Environmental, Health and Safety
Environment, Health and Safety
Associate Vice President for Facilities
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The purpose of this policy is to provide guidance for the drain disposal of certain aqueous solutions.
Policy applies to all university laboratories, research areas, art studios, and other spaces serviced by UB Environment, Health and Safety.
Refer to Hazardous Waste Guidebook, section 5.3.1.
The primary responsibility for following this policy rests with the principal investigator or supervisor of the area where this type of waste exists. Any researchers, students or other employees who manage hazardous wastes in the areas listed above must be trained and made aware of this policy. If there is any doubt or question if a particular solution is suitable for drain disposal, contact Environment, Health and Safety.
A waste that poses substantial or potential threats to public health or the environment and generally exhibits one or more of these characteristics; flammable, corrosive, toxic, or reactive. These wastes must be collected and disposed per strict Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations contained in various publications located in the Code of Federal Regulations.
Aqueous Liquid Waste denotes any waste of which the primary solution is water and any soluble organic and inorganic constituents, all present in quantities and forms that do not result in phase separation or precipitation. For purposes of this policy, only aqueous wastes that are NOT USEPA hazardous wastes will qualify for drain disposal.
Only aqueous solutions in normal laboratory volumes (<1 gallon) may be drained disposed. The solution must be single phased and not contain any organic layering of liquids. The pH of the solution must be determined using either a pH meter or paper and must be between 5 and 9.
The solution must not contain any of the following:
The following solutions are generally acceptable for drain disposal:
The following solutions are not acceptable for drain disposal:
This procedure shall be reviewed once every two years, or as changes require.
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