Risk Management, Environmental Health &
Safety (RMEHS) collects and disposes the hazardous waste generated by
operations at the Central Michigan University (CMU). In order to
maintain compliance with strict federal and state regulations, waste
generators must follow the RMEHS-designed protocols for proper
disposal of chemical waste. Following the protocols for managing hazardous
waste reduces costs, ensures regulatory compliance, maintains a safe workplace,
and protects the environment.
Contact RMEHS Hazardous Waste Coordinator at (989) 774-2770 for questions about, or
assistance with, these protocols or for consultation about any special waste
streams anticipated from your activity.
General Guidelines for Managing Chemical Waste
Always employ waste minimization techniques – use only the volume of chemical necessary for the operation being performed and do not order more than is necessary.
Affix the HAZARDOUS WASTE CONTAINER LABEL to the waste container prior to adding any waste to it and be sure to mark the date the first drop of waste is added to the container.
Hazardous waste must be collected by RMEHS no later than 60 days after the first date of waste accumulation – this allows movement off-site for proper disposal within the 90-day regulatory time frame.
Preparing Hazardous Waste for Collection
The following process describes what laboratory personnel must do to prepare chemical waste for collection:
Complete the HAZARDOUS WASTE DISPOSAL FORM
Store chemical waste in a safe, accessible, and easily identifiable location for RMEHS personnel to inspect for completeness and transport
Ensure that containers are properly sealed
Standard Operating Procedures, Guidelines, and Manuals
Hazardous Waste Container Labels
Hazardous Waste Disposal Form
RCRA Emergency/Contingency Plan
Michigan State University Waste Disposal Guide
"P" Listed Hazardous Waste Codes (University of Michigan)
"U" Listed Hazardous Waste Codes (University of Michigan)
Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) Hazardous Waste Guidelines
If you have questions or need further information please contact the Risk Management, Environmental Health & Safety Office at (989) 774-7398 or ENVIRONMENTAL@cmich.edu