All chemical containers must be properly labeled. Hazardous waste containers must be marked with the words Hazardous Waste and the chemical and/or chemicals in question. In addition, all labels should have an accumulation start date so staff know how long containers have been in service. In addition, for those containers with mixtures, a breakdown of the components by percentage or volume is critical to proper disposal (i.e. organic solvent container of 1 gallon of Acetone, 0.5 gallon of Hexanes, 0.5 gallon of Ethyl Acetate).
All hazardous wastes shall be collected in sealable containers. Foil or film closures are not acceptable. Do not put hazardous wastes into sinks, drains, or the trash. The waste must be compatible with other wastes in the container, and with the type of container it is stored in. The exterior of the container must be free of chemical contamination. Leaking containers will not be picked up. Store containers of incompatible waste apart from each other (i.e. keep oxidizers away from flammable solvents). Also consider safe temperature storage requirements.
Containers shall be kept closed during accumulation except when adding waste to a container.
EH&S provides 5 gallon safety containers for hazardous waste solvent accumulation. Container tag instructions shall be followed. It is important to separate halogenated and non-halogenated solvents. In other words, please do not pour halogenated solvents into the non-halogenated solvent container. Keep acids, bases, heavy metals and pesticides from solvent containers. These steps are critical for safety and proper disposal. All chemicals placed in any hazardous waste container must be compatible.
You shall not accumulate more than 55 gallons of waste (or 1 quart of acutely hazardous waste) at any one time. The allowable quantity for flammable liquids is less than 55 gallons. To keep the waste accumulation at a level much less than 55 gallons, EH&S provides 5 gallon safety solvent containers.
Keep the waste containers near the process generating the waste.
Keep open flame and ignition sources away from all chemicals, especially hazardous waste and chemical containers. NO SMOKING RULES APPLY.
Do not overfill waste containers. Leave enough headspace to allow for expansion and to prevent spills.
Designate an accumulation point manager and an alternate. Keep all containers properly labeled and complete all requested information on the Hazardous Waste Container Tag. Inspect waste containers weekly for leaks and proper labeling. This must be documented. If the tag or container is not properly labeled the container cannot be picked up for disposal.
All employees working in the area must have had HAZCOM/RIGHT-TO-KNOW TRAINING. All employees and students responsible for hazardous waste generation must have had HAZARDOUS WASTE AWARENESS AND HANDLING TRAINING.
Dispose of PEROXIDE FORMING CHEMICALS (i.e. Ethers, Dioxanes, Tetrahydrofuran) before the expiration date written on the label. Realize that certain chemicals with the passage of time can become shock-sensitive explosives. Attention to this detail could save someone's life, and will save the University a significant amount of time and money.
Your assistance is needed to prevent the generation of UNKNOWN CHEMICALS. Unknown chemicals are a safety hazard and cost a great deal to identify and dispose of. Proper labeling, inventory, and reporting, especially for those who may be leaving the University, would eliminate a great deal of this problem. EH&S requires that departments make every effort to identify unknown wastes. A special consultation with EH&S will be required before unknown waste will be picked up. Please call the Hazardous Materials Manager at 644-6895.
It is critical that every effort be made to fully and correctly identify all chemical constituents and their respective concentrations on the container labels. Incorrectly labeled containers could result in improper disposal and subsequent fines being assessed to the University. An improper label could also cause serious and potentially fatal injuries to both laboratory and EH&S personnel. Container labels can be obtained free of charge by calling EH&S at 644-6895.
For Hazardous Waste Pick-up Service call EH&S at 644-6895. Your waste will be picked up as soon as possible after the request is received.
Major laboratory chemical clean-outs must be planned well in advance of waste removal. To arrange for this service please call EH&S at 644-6895.
Radioactive Materials are managed and disposed of by Radiation Safety. For information please call 644-8801. NEVER MIX HAZARDOUS AND RADIOACTIVE WASTE.
All FIRES regardless of size must be reported to the FSU Police by telephone (911) and by pulling the fire alarm pull station.
All FIRE EXTINGUISHERS used for any fire or discharged to any degree must be reported immediately to EH&S 644-6895 for service.
All CHEMICAL SPILLS AND OR RELEASES must be cleaned up properly and safely. All spills must be reported to EH&S at 644-6895. All spills in amounts greater than 1/2 Liter or 1 pound, or of any acutely hazardous materials, require a response by EH&S personnel. Any size spill directly to the ground or water must be immediately reported to EH&S. After normal working hours EH&S personnel can be contacted by calling the FSU Police at 644-1234 or dialing 911.
If you have questions, please call EH&S at 644-6895 and ask for the Chemical Safety Officer.