HAZARDOUS WASTE MANAGEMENT AND DISPOSAL
A good definition of a hazardous waste is a waste material that poses a potential threat to personal health or the environment. Hazardous wastes may be generated by laboratories on campus as well as offices and maintenance type operations. EHS is the department responsible for the management of hazardous wastes generated by the University.
The initial determination regarding if a waste is classified as a HAZARDOUS WASTE is made at the point of generation by the generator. If it is definitely, a HAZARDOUS WASTE or it is suspected to meet the criteria of a HAZARDOUS WASTE it should be placed in temporary storage within the lab or area where it was generated. This temporary storage areas is designated as a Satellite Accumulation Area (SAA).
The SAA must be approved by EHS and designated by signage. There are restrictions regarding the amount of material, container condition and amount of time material may be stored in an SAA. Containers must be labeled as HAZARDOUS WASTE, with the name of the material and the DOT hazard classification indicated. Labels are printed off the EHS web site.
Material is picked up by EHS following a request through the EHS web site. Once a container is picked up, it is taken to the Central Storage Facility (CSF). The container is processed at the CSF and a final waste determination is made. The University of Alabama is a large quantity generator therefore hazardous wastes may be stored in the CSF for 90 days. At the end of the 90 days, wastes are picked up and disposed of by a permitted waste management company.
All personnel and students, who work in a lab with chemicals, make waste determinations or are responsible for oversite of an SAA must complete training regarding the regulations that pertain to hazardous waste generation. Informational seminars may be provided by EHS and on line, training is available.