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.
3.0 HEALTH AND SAFETY
Idaho State University seeks to ensure the health and safety of all people
who are a part of the University environment. These include faculty,
staff, students, contractors, volunteers, and visitors. The policies
and procedures in this manual were developed to meet that objective, insofar
as hazardous waste is concerned.
3.1 Training Requirements
There are specific training requirements for individuals who work with
hazardous waste. These requirements are found in federal code and
specify minimum training levels. For this reason, personnel who are
designated as departmental material handlers, laboratory supervisors, SAA
coordinators, SAA managers, and waste generators must be properly trained
to work with hazardous waste (see Chapter 6 for a discussion of SAA coordinators,
SAA managers, and waste generators). Special hazardous waste training
may be requested for TAs, RAs, GAs, and other students in laboratories.
3.2 Custodial Employees
Custodial employees must be considered when disposing of nonhazardous and
hazardous solid waste. These personnel must not encounter hazardous
waste when maintaining floors, sinks, counter or bench tops, closets, or
trash receptacles. All sharp items, such as broken glassware and
pipet tips, need to be placed in an appropriately labeled container
and not in the normal trash receptacles. It is also a good practice
to place non-hazardous powders in a sealed container or bag before throwing
them into normal trash. Custodial staff are given yearly hazardous
waste awareness/safety training at their monthly safety meetings.
Any new custodial employee can request training from TSO at any time.
and Operations Employees
These employees frequently come into contact with potentially hazardous
materials and hazardous wastes. Examples include pesticides, cleaning
agents, oil-based paints and stains, PCB oils, cylindered gases, automotive
fluids, and shipments of incoming chemicals. Some of these generate
hazardous waste after usage. If you work with any of these materials
or mixtures and would like more detailed information concerning risks and
precautions recommended for safe handling and disposal, obtain Material
Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) or talk to a materials handler.
3.4 Hazard Communications
It is important that each person who uses or is exposed to hazardous materials
at the University has information available that will let them know the
risks associated with exposure to the hazardous material. The use
of MSDS, reference texts, safety training, work demonstrations, videos,
and medical monitoring can be beneficial for individuals who are potentially
exposed to hazardous material and hazardous waste. Hazard communication
is usually the responsibility of the department heads or safety officers.
The TSO would like to emphasize the importance of reading, understanding,
and keeping all MSDS that come with chemicals. MSDSs contain important
information such as the hazards of the chemical, physical characteristics
of the chemical, storage and handling instructions, and protective clothing
and equipment that should be used for safe work. TSO keeps training
material on how to read and understand an MSDS in the office and is available
upon request. MSDS may also be found from several places on the internet.
Several of these sites are listed on TSO’s website at http://www.physics.isu.edu/health-physics/tso/msds.html.
Electronic copies should not replace the original copies as characteristics
of chemicals could change during production and may vary with manufacturers.
MSDSs are also important means of characterizing a waste as hazardous or
Chemical labeling is another important element of hazard communications.
Improper labeling may lead to serious injuries. A good chemical label
will include at least the following information: chemical identity written
in English (not a chemical formula), expiration date of the chemical, physical
hazards (such as fire or unusual reactivity), and any other physical characteristic
of importance (such as odor). These are just a few of several good
labeling practices. When an unlabeled chemical becomes a waste, it
is very expensive to test the chemical for hazardous characteristics.
A few minutes with a permanent marker could save the University hundreds
of dollars from analysis.
3.5 Personal Protection
Whenever hazardous materials, including hazardous wastes, are used or handled
on campus, use of proper personal protection equipment should be considered
to protect all potentially exposed personnel. The degree of PPE used
should commensurate with the hazard potential. PPE includes, but
is not limited to, safety glasses, chemical gloves, face shields, aprons,
lab coats designed to offer splash protection, fume hoods, and filtering
face masks. It is advisable to train personnel in the use of PPE
prior to initiation of activities involving any hazardous material, and
to repeat the training whenever a significant change in use occurs.
Consult TSO personnel for assistance involving PPE. PPE that has
been contaminated by a hazardous material needs to be characterized as
to whether or not it becomes a hazardous waste.
3.6 University Emergency
and Disaster Response
The TSO can respond to a variety of incidents which involve hazardous materials
and hazardous waste. It is best to be aware of the ways of reaching
both Public Safety and the Technical Safety Office personnel PRIOR to an
actual emergency. Emergency telephone numbers are found at each SAA
(in the front cover of the SAA binder), the TAA, and on the back cover
of this manual. Be sure to have these numbers handy in the event
of a hazardous material spill, fire, or other emergency. In the event
that someone is hurt, immediately dial 911 and be sure to tell the dispatcher
that hazardous materials may have been involved. In the event of
the loss of communications on campus, the TSO is located in room 101 of
the Physical Science building.
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