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.
EHS collects virtually all types of chemical waste, with a few exceptions.
Waste Not Collected
This list is not all-inclusive.
- 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.)
- Fluorescent tubes, light bulbs - collected by maintenance staff and recycled by General Stores.
- Alkaline batteries.
- General refuse and recyclable materials. (Exception: EHS will collect recyclable items that are also hazardous.)
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.