Hazardous Materials Management

In August of 1987, The University finalized plans to implement a comprehensive management program to address the use, handling, storage and disposal of hazardous materials.  These materials include chemical, biological, radiological and other hazardous substances.  Specific handling and storage criteria for laboratories is addressed in the Chemical Hygiene Plan.

Waste disposal is the major component of the hazardous material management program. The disposal procedure is designed to be as effortless for the generator as possible.  Upon notification EHS picks up unwanted materials and transports them to the Chemical Storage Facility (CSF).  The materials are managed by EHS in accordance with state and federal requirements.  All documentation is maintained by EHS.  Materials regulated by RCRA and TSCA requirement are managed in the CSF.

120611_JH_CampusOther materials which are managed in this same manner include biological materials which are managed as medical waste and radiological waste.  The requirements for these materials are addressed in separate guidelines.

Emergency response is a service provided by EHS to the campus community. This is necessary to support the rapidly growing science laboratory teaching and research goals of the University.  As these efforts increase there will be more spills and accidents which will require professional remediation.

The overall management of this program is the responsibility of a Certified Hazardous Material Manager (CHMM).  Individuals who are responsible for various functions within the program are highly trained and hold certifications and qualifications which meet or exceed comparable positions within the hazardous material management industry.