Waste Policies and Procedures Manual - 2003 Edition
This manual was prepared
for use within ISU. It is intended for use by, and applies to, ISU
employees, staff, visitors, and students. If this manual or any portion
of it is used elsewhere, neither its authors nor the University accept
responsibility for its contents.
Appendix S - Frequently
What happens to broken
It is highly recommended
that broken glass be placed into puncture resistant containers before putting
it into ordinary trash. After the broken glass containers are full
they are sealed and put into the dumpster.
If the glassware is contaminated
with a P-listed hazardous waste, it must be triple rinsed (putting the
rinse water into a hazardous waste container and labeling it) and then
placed into a broken glass container or another puncture resistant container
before putting it into ordinary trash.
It is also acceptable to
place the broken glass into the spill cleanup container if it is puncture
Who is responsible for
Each department is individually
responsible for the safe use and acquisition of chemicals. The TSO provides
training on chemical safety as it pertains to hazardous waste.
TSO may lend training materials to departments upon request.
How do I fill out a hazardous
Enter the chemical contents
in written English. Chemical formulas are not acceptable. If
the concentrations of the constituents are known, note them as well.
Assign the bottle an ISU #. We suggest using the room number, dash,
bottle number (ie 215-1, 215-2, etc.) Don’t worry about using the
same ISU # on more than one Chain of Custody. Each Chain of Custody
has an identifying number, which should also be placed on the label (COC
line), that creates a unique combination for our records. The physical
amount should be approximated and entered with the appropriate units, and
the physical state (solid, liquid, or gas) should be noted on the label.
The Generator’s Name, Bldg., and Room # should also be entered.
The hazardous waste label
is too big for the bottle, what should I do?
The easiest thing in this
circumstance is to write the words “Hazardous Waste” on the label of the
bottle if it shows the contents. The bottle should also be assigned
a bottle number and entered on the chain of custody form.
The hazardous waste label
may also be partially attached to the bottle by exposing a small amount
of the adhesive backing. Just make sure the label will stay on the
bottle and that the bottle can stand up properly if this is how it is done.
How do I arrange for
a hazardous waste pickup?
If your laboratory has a
SAA, TSO personnel monitor for needed waste pickups and will be there when
it is time to be emptied. TSO normally cleans out all SAAs at the
end of each semester, during shipment times, whether or not the containers
are full. If you need something removed sooner, simply call TSO and
ask for a waste pickup. Please note that TSO staff need time to coordinate
How full can I fill a
Since most wastes are consolidated
into drums at the time of shipment, we ask that contents do not completely
fill the container. Please leave a small head-space. A few
inches or the neck is usually sufficient on containers larger than 4L.
Where can I find MSDSs?
If the original MSDS is
not kept somewhere in the department, usually the stockroom or with a department
safety manager, MSDS may be obtained from the manufacturer of the chemical,
from the internet, or from the TSO.
How is infectious waste
TSO has developed a separate
manual for infectious waste management, also known as medical waste and
bio-waste. Copies of this manual may be requested by calling x2310.
What happens to empty
RCRA defines a container
as empty if no more than 1 inch of residue remains or 3% by weight from
acute hazardous wastes if the container is less than 110 G in size.
Empty containers that have not contained a P-listed waste may be thrown
into ordinary trash, however we recommend first rinsing them and destroying
the container to prevent future use. Empty containers that have held
P-listed wastes must be triple rinsed with an appropriate solvent before
disposal and the rinse water must be disposed of as hazardous waste.
During a hazardous waste shipment, ISU crushes all glass containers and
plastic containers and they are sent to a RCRA landfill as non-regulated
waste. TSO is happy to keep empty containers for future waste storage
at your request, however we do not have the facilities to store them for
extended periods of time.
There is a car accident
in the road, do I call TSO to clean up the gasoline and other fluids?
City streets are not ISU
property and thus not the responsibility of ISU to clean up. However,
TSO has assisted Pocatello Fire Department in the past by preventing gasoline
from getting in to the wastewater drainage system. If the accident
is in and ISU parking lot or on ISU property, then yes, TSO should be called
for a hazardous waste clean up.
Is waste generated in
This is a tricky question.
If the waste is generated by an activity or function of ISU, or from ISU
equipment, then yes we dispose of it as hazardous waste. If the waste
is generated from a student’s personal use, such as hairspray (flammable),
then ISU considers it household waste.
Idaho State University
Campus Box 8106
785 S. 8th St. PS Rm 101
Pocatello, ID 83209
Phone: (208) 282-2310 or
Fax: (208) 282-4649