SUPERCEDED Ohio University Policy and Procedure

Hazardous Waste Policy

SUPERCEDED on January 6, 2004

Current Version




Procedure No.:   44.108

Page No.:        1,2 and 3 of 3

Date Issued:     10/01/87

Issued By:       Carol Harter



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PURPOSE

(Note: The word waste in this policy refers to the list of definitions below unless otherwise specified.)

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

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

  3. To provide a safe storage, handling, and disposal method for generators of waste.

  4. To minimize any harmful effects to persons and the environment, by disposal of waste.

  5. To define funding responsibilities for disposal of waste.

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


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 and/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, contact E.H.S.

  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 friable asbestos material that has been removed and/or collected and labelled as a waste. For a detailed regulatory definition, contact E.H.S.

  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.


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POLICY

  1. Prior to generation of waste, the Department of Environmental Health and Safety (E.H.S.) shall be contacted for guidance.

  2. For disposal of hazardous, radioactive and PCB waste, generators shall consult with E.H.S. and the Hazardous Materials Management Manual. Generators of radioactive waste should also consult the Radiation Safety Committee.

  3. For disposal of asbestos waste, generators shall consult with E.H.S. Routine generators should also review the Asbestos Management Program Manual.

  4. For disposal of biological waste, generators shall consult with E.H.S. Routine generators should review the Biosafety Manual.

  5. For disposal of specially regulated waste, generators shall consult with E.H.S.

  6. Supervisors shall:

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

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

    c. Maintain a registry of AHC's (acutely hazardous chemical) in each laboratory with information regarding its 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 E.H.S. and updates telephoned in when an AHC is added or discontinued.

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

    e. 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.



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  7. Each waste generator shall:

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

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

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

  8. Unclaimed Waste

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

FUNDING

  1. All generators of waste, that have grants, shall include a line item in their budget for disposal of 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 E.H.S. (unless the waste is generated from an academic grant 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 other than academic sources of hazardous, radioactive, and PCB waste (Innovation, Aux., C.O.M.) will be paid by the Hazardous Waste Account and the direct and service cost recovered via the University billing authorization system.

  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 E.H.S.


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