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Environment, Health and Safety

Hazardous Chemical Wastes

Hazardous wastes generated in UB labs, shops, studios, etc., must be properly managed. EH&S administers a comprehensive program that ensures the University follows the applicable US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) hazardous waste regulations. For a detailed description of the hazardous waste program, refer to the EHS Laboratory Safety Manual (available by calling EH&S at 829-3301).

Managing Hazardous Waste

  • Hazardous waste containers must be labeled with the contents as soon as the first drop of waste is added. Labels are available from the UB EHS office. Instructions are included on the back. Failure to list the contents can lead to the material becoming an “unknown” hazardous waste. Determining the contents of an unknown hazardous waste is an involved and costly process and also presents unique concerns and hazards for chemical waste handlers, UB EHS staff, and to the environment. Please take care to avoid creating unknown hazardous wastes in your laboratory.
  • Wastes must be placed in a satellite accumulation area (SAA) within your lab. Regulations require you keep all hazardous wastes in the same lab in which it was generated. Transfer from lab to lab is not permitted. Refer to the Laboratory Safety for instructions on how to set up and manage your SAA.
  • Waste containers must be compatible with their contents, keep them closed except when adding material to them.
  • All liquid hazardous wastes must be stored in a secondary containment bin.
  • Incompatible wastes must be stored away from one another.

Alcohol Disposal

Aqueous mixtures with alcohols such as ethanol (greater than 24%), methanol, isopropyl, etc. must be collected and treated as hazardous waste. Ethanol concentrations of 24% or less are acceptable for drain disposal.

Special Waste Types

Training Available

EH&S offers Lab Safety Training on a regular basis which includes how to manage your hazardous wastes. This training is required for lab workers and Principal Investigators.

Pickup of Full Chemical Waste Containers

When hazardous waste containers in laboratory satellite accumulation areas are no more than 90% full:

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