Ohio UniversityWITHDRAWN Administration Policy and Procedure

44.108:  Hazardous or Radioactive Waste

WITHDRAWN as of November 2, 2009

(consolidated into Policy 44.104)


Status:

Approved on January 6, 2004Signatures and dates
on archival copy

Effective:

when approved 

Initiated by:

Charles Hart
Director of Environmental Health and Safety
 

Reviewed by:

Herman ("Butch") Hill, Chair
Policy and Procedure Review Committee
 

Endorsed by:

Gary North
Vice President for Administration
 

Approved by:

Stephen Kopp
Provost
 


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Purpose

The word "waste" as used in this policy refers to materials meeting any of the definitions given in the Policy section, below, unless otherwise specified.

The purposes of this policy are to:

  1. Provide a means for Ohio University to comply with all local, state, and federal regulations regarding waste.

  2. Reduce the generation of waste (through recycling, prudent purchasing practices, segregation, detoxification, and neutralization).

  3. Provide safe storage, handling, and disposal methods for use by generators of waste.

  4. Minimize any harmful effects to persons and the environment (by proper disposal of waste).

  5. Define funding responsibilities for disposal of waste.

  6. Clarify responsibilities of the generators, supervisors, and departments for situations that have been problematic in the past.


Policy


I.  Resources and Consultation

  1. Generators of waste shall contact the Department of Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) for guidance, prior to generation of waste.

  2. For disposal of hazardous, radioactive, and PCB waste, generators shall consult with EHS and the Hazardous Materials Management Manual, which is on-line at http://www.ohiou.edu/ehs/hazmat/Haz_Mat_Mgt_Manual.htm. Generators of radioactive waste should also consult the Radiation Safety Officer.

  3. For disposal of asbestos waste, generators shall consult with EHS. Routine generators should also review the Asbestos Management Program Manual, which is on-line at http://www.ohiou.edu/ehs/general/program_docs.htm#ind.

  4. For disposal of biological waste, generators shall consult with EHS. Routine generators should review the Biosafety Manual, which is on-line at http://www.ohiou.edu/ehs/biosafety/, and Infectious Waste Management Program requirements.

  5. For disposal of specially regulated waste, generators shall consult with EHS.


II.  Funding

  1. All proposals for external support of activities that should be expected to generate waste shall include a line item in their budget for disposal of that waste.

  2. Disposal of academic-related sources of hazardous, radioactive, and lab-quantity PCB waste will be paid for by the Hazardous Waste Account administered by EHS (unless the waste is generated by a sponsored academic project, in which case a billing authorization will be processed for an amount not to exceed the line item budgeted for waste disposal).

  3. Disposal of hazardous, radioactive, and laboratory-quantity PCB waste from other than academic sources (e.g., Innovation Center clients, Housing and Food Services, or the College of Osteopathic Medicine) will be paid by the Hazardous Waste Account and the direct and service cost recovered via the billing authorization process.

  4. Funding for other than hazardous, radioactive, and laboratory-quantity PCB waste disposal is not provided for in the Hazardous Waste Account. For more information on other waste disposal funding, contact EHS.

  5. Infectious waste disposal shall meet the requirements of the Infectious Waste Management Program. All waste disposed of by outside contractors should be paid by the waste-generating department or institute.


III.  Definitions

  1. Hazardous waste is generally a non-radioactive chemical substance that is no longer of use. For a detailed regulatory definition, see the Hazardous Materials Management Manual.

  2. Radioactive waste is any substance that is no longer of use and is known or suspected of being contaminated with radioactive material or any waste that releases radiation greater than background level.

  3. Biohazard waste is any substance that is no longer of use and contains or could potentially contain biohazardous agents. For detailed regulatory definition, see the Biosafety Manual, which is linked from http://www.ohiou.edu/ehs/biosafety/, and state regulations, or contact EHS.

  4. PCB waste is any substance that is no longer of use and is limited to the biphenyl molecule that has been chlorinated to varying degrees or any combination of substances which contains such substance. For a detailed regulatory definition, see the Hazardous Materials Management Manual.

  5. Asbestos waste is asbestos material that has been removed or collected and labelled as a waste. For a detailed regulatory definition, see the Asbestos Management Program, which is linked from http://www.ohiou.edu/ehs/general/program_docs.htm#ind.

  6. Specially regulated waste is any waste that becomes a public concern and is regulated specifically. The previous five wastes are examples of such waste.


Procedures


I.  Supervisors' Responsibilities

  1. Maintain a list of waste that will be generated, including the route of disposal for each waste.

  2. Inform employees, students, and others as appropriate if they are generating waste, and instruct them on the appropriate route of disposal.

  3. Maintain a registry of AHC's (acutely hazardous chemical) in each laboratory with information regarding each chemical's hazards, physical and chemical properties, antidotes, precautions, and clean-up procedure. AHC's are listed in the Hazardous Materials Management Manual, but the list is not all-inclusive. The registry and chemicals involved shall be discussed with personnel that will work in that laboratory prior to allowing them access to the laboratory. A copy of the registry list shall be sent to EHS and updates telephoned in when an AHC is added or discontinued.

  4. Ensure all wastes are identified, packaged, and removed in accordance with the appropriate manual and guide, on a continuous basis.

  5. Inspect areas under their supervision, that are or have generated waste, to insure the area is clear of all waste prior to termination of responsibility in that area.


II.  Waste Generators' Responsibilities

  1. Limit ordering of waste source materials to the amounts needed. The disposal cost of waste typically exceeds purchase price of the material.

  2. Be cognizant that steps can be taken to detoxify or neutralize waste and include those steps in the generation procedures as practical.

  3. Practice waste reduction in accordance with the appropriate manual.


III.  Unclaimed Waste

Any unclaimed waste will remain the liability of the generating supervisor or the supervisor's department. EHS will work in a cooperative effort to identify and dispose of such waste, but will not assume responsibility for any unclaimed waste.


Reviewers

Proposed revisions of this policy should be reviewed by:

  1. Policy and Procedure Review Committee

  2. Vice President for Research

  3. Director of Facilities Management


Forms

There are no forms that are specific to this policy.


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Dick Piccard revised this file (http://www.ohio.edu/policy/44-108.html) on May 15, 2013.

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