The University of Memphis

Hazardous Material Disposal



POLICIES

Issued: February 22, 2013
Responsible Official: Provost
Responsible Office: Vice Provost for Research

Policy Statement


 

The University of Memphis is committed to protecting the environment and complying with federal and state laws and regulations governing the management and disposal of waste hazardous materials. Each employee is expected to abide by these laws, regulations, and related University policy.



Purpose


 

To encourage protection of personnel, the environment, and facilities; compliance with applicable laws and regulations; and reduction in liability exposure.



Definitions


Biohazardous Waste

 A biohazardous waste conforms to the definition for medical waste as contained in Tennessee Rule 0400-11-01-.01(2).


Hazardous Material

Includes all biological, chemical, and radioactive materials governed under regulations promulgated by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and their Tennessee counterparts, including the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development - Occupational Safety and Health Division, Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation – Division of Solid Waste Management, and Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation – Division of Radiological Health.


Hazardous Waste

Hazardous waste conforms to the definition of a hazardous waste as contained in 40 CFR 261.3 and/or Tennessee Rule 0400-12-01-.02, including exhibiting a characteristic of a hazardous waste and/or being listed as a hazardous waste.    


Radioactive Waste

Contains radioactive material in types and quantities regulated by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission and/or the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation.



Procedures


Responsibilities

Administrative Officials, Chairs, and Directors of Activities shall ensure that

·         employees within their respective units comply with applicable federal and state laws/regulations and related University policy when disposing of hazardous materials;
·         employees are provided with training required by applicable laws/regulations and related University policy;
·         transportation and disposal of hazardous waste, radioactive waste, and biohazardous waste is only performed by contractors approved by Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S);
·         costs associated with generation of hazardous waste, radioactive waste, or biohazardous waste are paid by generating units; and
·         costs associated with regulatory non-compliance, including civil and criminal penalties and fees imposed by the governments of the United States and/or the State of Tennessee, are paid by the responsible units.  

Administrative officials, chairs, and directors of activities for units that generate and/or ship hazardous waste are hereby granted authority to, and responsibility for, signing hazardous waste annual reports, off-site shipping reports, remediation reports, and similar documents required by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation and/or the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.  

Employees shall

·         comply with applicable federal and state laws/regulations and University policy when disposing of hazardous materials;
·         complete annual training offered through EH&S or another entity approved by EH&S prior to generating, packaging, managing, or disposing of hazardous waste;
·         determine, at the point of generation (i.e., the lab, shop, studio, or work site), if a material destined for disposal is a hazardous waste, radioactive waste, or biohazardous waste prior to its disposal;
·         ensure that a waste is never placed in the building solid waste (trash) or introduced into the sanitary sewer unless it has been determined that the material is acceptable for disposal through such means; and
·         ensure that no waste material is introduced into storm drains.  

Environmental Health and Safety

EH&S shall issue a Guide to Hazardous Waste Management that shall serve as a supplement to this policy and shall have the authority of policy. EH&S shall have authority to inspect all University facilities where hazardous materials are used, stored, or produced, including facilities used by, but not owned by, the University.  

Where academic units are determined by EH&S to have an acceptable compliance program, EH&S shall pay disposal costs and shall reimburse units for annual generation fees, off-site shipping fees, and remediation fees associated with hazardous and radioactive waste.



FAQs


How do I determine if a waste is a hazardous waste?

The Guide to Hazardous Waste Management provides guidance, including a decision flow chart, to assist in making a waste determination. If additional assistance is needed, contact Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) at 678-4672, 678-2044, or 678-2740.


Where can I get more information about this topic?

In addition to the EH&S web site, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation provide additional information.


Whom do I contact with further questions?

Contact Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) at 678-4672, 678-2044, or 678-2740.


Whom do I contact in a hazardous material emergency?

Call University of Memphis Police at 678-HELP. The Police Dispatcher will notify EH&S, other appropriate departments, and, if needed, emergency response agencies.



Links


Environmental Health and Safety

http://ehs.memphis.edu


U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

http://www.epa.gov


Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation

http://www.tn.gov/environment



Revision Dates


 UM1759 - Issued: Februaray 22, 2013


Subject Areas:

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