Hazardous Materials & Waste
Aqueous and corrosive hazardous wastes should be collected in a separate plastic or polyethylene container. Do not use the red flammable solvent waste collection cans (flam can) for collection of aqueous/corrosive wastes. For more details click here: Aqueous/Corrosive Hazardous Waste Collection
During quarterly Satellite Accumulation Area (SAA) inspections, we occasionally find multiple containers combined into a larger outer container (baggie) with a single hazardous waste label affixed. If you have multiple containers of the same waste stream, each of a 60 ml size or greater, they each must be packaged and labeled separately. Smaller containers of the same waste stream (<60 mL) can be grouped together in a larger outer container and labeled as a unit.
Click here to open the Safety Alert: Multiple Hazardous Waste Containers Safety Alert
Research in our lab areas involves the use of various gas and water lines. It is important that these are clearly identified to ensure the correct gas is connected to the correct equipment. In addition, clear identification of both gas and water lines are crucial in the event that emergency responders such as the fire department need to enter a lab area. Learn more about how to identify gas lines.
Hazardous chemicals must be properly segregated by hazard classification when handled and stored in order to prevent unwanted reactions. These reactions can result in the generation of toxic gases, fire, and even explosions. Read more about how to safely store acetic acid.
Incompatible chemicals must be stored separately to avoid a hazardous reaction. View the simple chemical compatibility chart and review key points involving proper segregation of incompatible chemicals.
Laboratory glassware requires periodic cleaning to remove contaminants. It is important that it is appropriately cleaned as any residual contaminants can affect experimental results. Read about precautions to use when cleaning laboratory glassware.
Discharge or evaporation of hazardous liquids, wastes, vapors, gases, fumes and dusts to the atmosphere is not permitted. Learn more about how to properly dispose of hazardous wastes.