1.3 EHS Responsibilities

What Does EHS Do?

  • Collects waste chemicals from the place where they are generated.
  • Transports and handles waste.
  • Stores, manages and disposes of waste.
  • Meets regulatory requirements for record keeping.
  • Complies with EPA and DOT regulations.

Waste Collected

EHS collects virtually all types of chemical waste, with a few exceptions.

Waste Not Collected

This list is not all-inclusive.

  1. Empty containers - empties should be disposed of in general waste or recycled (Exception: EHS will collect empty aerosol containers, gas cylinders, and containers that previously held EPA P-listed chemicals.)
  2. Fluorescent tubes, light bulbs - collected by maintenance staff and recycled by General Stores.
  3. Asbestos.
  4. Alkaline batteries.
  5. General refuse and recyclable materials. (Exception: EHS will collect recyclable items that are also hazardous.)

Waste Transportation

Wastes are transported by EHS on a specially designed truck. Wastes are inventoried as they are collected and manifested for transportation to a RCRA permitted facilities on the UI Research Campus for temporary storage.

Management and Record Keeping

Each waste item collected by EHS is assigned a serial number, tagged, and tracked using a database. This allows EHS to follow the course of waste through the storage, management, and disposal process. Hazardous waste is stored in barrels, cabinets, or shelves in a storage facility located on the UI Research Campus. Subsequently, a contractor is hired to pack and ship waste to a RCRA permitted commercial disposal site for treatment and disposal. All records required by the University’s RCRA permit are maintained at the UI facilities.