1.1 Introduction

Hazardous chemical wastes are generated as a result of teaching, research, patient care service, and operational activities at The University of Iowa. The University’s Environmental Health & Safety Office (EHS) is responsible for proper handling and ultimate disposal of chemical waste. EHS also provides technical assistance and training to individuals and departments who generate waste so they can comply with rules and regulations that direct waste generation activities. Waste management and technical assistance are provided through EHS’s Waste Management Program.

The goals of the Hazardous Waste Management Program are to:

  • Protect employee health and safety
  • Protect the environment
  • Reduce amount of hazardous waste generated
  • Comply with hazardous waste regulations

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulates waste generation and management activities at the University. Authority for such regulation is provided by the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). RCRA provides for “cradle-to-grave” tracking and management of hazardous waste, i.e., from the generator to transporter to treatment, storage or disposal. Anyone or any facility that generates, treats, stores or disposes of hazardous waste must comply with RCRA. EPA regulations pertaining to hazardous waste are found in Title 40 of the Code of Federal Regulations, Parts 260-270. The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) regulates transportation of hazardous waste. DOT regulations pertaining to hazardous waste are found in Title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations, Parts 171-173.