FAQ - Bio, Chem and Rad Waste

Who do I contact to request waste labels?

  • Contact Michelle Kempf  (5-4143) to request Hazardous, Biological, Universal or Radioactive labels. Please provide your name, department name and building/address.

 


Biological Waste


Where Do I Obtain Biohazard Waste Certification Labels?

  • Labels may always be obtained by calling EHS Waste at 5-4143.
  • Labels are available at locations where red tubs are stored.

Where Do I Obtain Red Plastic Biowaste Tubs?

  • Red plastic biowaste tubs are kept in the dock areas of certain buildings.
  • Large red bags that are used to line the tubs are also available at these locations and must only be used for that purpose.
  • Laboratory staff is responsible for obtaining containers and liners, as needed. 
If you are in: Obtain red plastic biowaste tubs in:
BB 121A BB (Dock)
BBE 121A BB (Dock)
BSB 2655 BSB
CB W43 CB
CBRB 1107K MEB
DSB DSB Dock
EMRB 1107K MEB
HLI 1221 HLI
IATL E181 IATL
MEB 1107K MEB
MERF 1107K MEB
ML 1107K MEB
MRC 1107K MEB
MTF - Pod A A116 MTF
MTF - Pod B A116 MTF
MTF - Pod C C137 MTF
MTF - Pod D D180 MTF
PBDB 1107K MEB
PHAR PHAR Dock
SC SC Dock (in Cage)
SLP Near C4 SSH (Hallway)
SSH Near C4 SSH (Hallway)
For other locations, contact EHS at 5-8501.

Where Do Filled Biowaste Tubs Go?  Who Handles Them?

  • Laboratory staff should place properly filled/tied/labeled biowaste tubs in the same location as in the past.
  • Custodians will transfer the filled tubs displaying a completed Biohazardous Waste Certification label to an area for removal.

What Are the Container Labeling Requirements?

  • Laboratory staff must place all biohazardous waste materials in red plastic biowaste tubs that includes all red bag waste, biowaste boxes, sharps container.
  • Laboratory staff must complete and attach the Biohazardous Waste Certification label to side of the biowaste tub, near handle.
  • Custodians will place a bar code on the tubs to identify the building.

Biohazardous Waste Guidelines and Instructions?

  • Definitions of biohazardous waste are found in the EHS Biohazard Waste Guidelines
  • How to close a biohazardous waste tub.
  • How to label biohazardous tubs

Chemical Waste


How do I request a pickup of thermometers?

  • Submit a chemical waste pickup request. Enter them as solids, whether broken or unbroken. It is acceptable to type “broken thermometer” in the comments if that’s the case.

How do I change a pickup that I’ve already sent a request for?

  • Resubmit your request online with the word “resubmit” in the comment section of the form.

Radioactive Waste


I need to request extra containers for Radioactive Waste, how do I do that through the online form?

  • You can type information about what types and numbers of containers are needed in the Comments field of the online form.

Can I use my own container to collect waste if I run out of the ones you provide?

  • No, EHS requires you to use containers supplied by EHS for collection of radioactive waste. If you have an emergency need for a container EHS is usually able to get one to you.

Can anybody request a waste pickup or does it need to be the PI?

  • Anyone may request a waste pickup.