The University of Notre Dame Hazardous Waste Procedure establishes a formal written program for the safe and compliant collection, storage, and disposal of hazardous waste. The University of Notre Dame’s recommendation is that all staff assume wastes are hazardous until proven otherwise, and request Risk Management and Safety (RMS) manage the waste. This applies to laboratories, shops, maintenance areas, or other Notre Dame facilities generating, storing, or handling hazardous waste.
All personnel generating, storing, or handling hazardous waste shall be trained on the hazardous waste prior to generating or handling this waste.
Hazardous Waste training for operations personnel is located within the Hazardous Waste training course that is in ComplyND. Once the course is available it will be assigned.
Hazardous Waste training for laboratory personnel is located within the General Lab Safety training course in ComplyND.
- Pickups include chemical, radioactive and biohazardous waste.
- Waste shall be properly labeled and sealed PRIOR to pickup.
- Chemical waste shall have properly completed discard tags attached to container. PLEASE PRESS HARD when completing tag so information goes through to third copy. Do not use marker.
- Do NOT remove the top white copy of the Chemical Discard Tag. The yellow copy is the lab's copy. The back of the bottom label has a self-adhesive sticker to attach to container. The label should not wrap over itself. If the container is smaller than a pint, utilize the hole in the label and attach to the bottle neck.
- If waste is not ready during the scheduled pick-up time or RMS personnel do not have access to the lab, waste will not be removed. Under these circumstances, a special pick-up will NOT be made.
Who do I contact if I have any questions about waste pick-up?
If you have any questions about waste pick-up, or need a delivery of containers, please email Chad Rist.
What containers does Risk Management and Safety provide?
- 10 L carboys for Solvent Waste (non-Radioactive)
- 20 L carboys for Solvent Waste (non-Radioactive)
- 5 gallon buckets with lids for Solid Waste (silica gel, ethidium bromide, acrylamide gels, etc.)
- 20 L carboys for Aqueous Waste (Radioactive)
- 10 L carboys for Organic Waste (Radioactive)
- 30 gallon polydrums for biohazardous waste
Risk Management maintains a limited quantity of 4 L bottles for heavy metal, toxic, oxidizer, or corrosive waste (these will not always be available).
The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) laws and regulations create a framework for the proper management of hazardous waste and are contained in Title 40 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) parts 260 - 273.