Packaging and Labeling Process

Disposal of Biohazard Waste

  • RMS provides 30 gallon open-top poly drums with lids and rings for biohazardous waste upon request (call RMS at 1-5037).
  • RMS does NOT provide infectious waste labels, sharps containers, red bags, and red trash cans with step lids. These can be ordered through vendors like VWR, Fisher Scientific, Grainger, etc..
  • For biohazard wastes that can be autoclaved or treated, the individual generator (researcher, department) shall:
    • Render innocuous all infectious waste (except sharps and sharps containers, animal carcasses and contaminated bedding) through autoclaving or treatment with bleach (5% sodium hypochlorite solution) prior to discarding as regular trash.
    • Any autoclaved or treated waste suitable for disposal as regular trash shall be placed in a dark plastic trash bag PRIOR to disposal. Disposal of dark bag waste into a solid waste dumpster is the responsibility of Building Services or the researcher or department (during breaks and weekends).  Building Service Personnel shall not handle waste in red biohazard bags.
  • For biohazard wastes that cannot be autoclaved or treated, the individual generator (researcher, department) shall segregate and label the waste prior to pick-up by RMS as follows:
    • A Biohazardous Waste Discard form shall be completed, submitted, printed, and accompany the biohazardous waste containers. 
    • Used and unused sharps shall be placed in a sharps container with a biohazard symbol.  All sharps containers ready for disposal need to be completely sealed so nothing is protruding from the container and the lid and all safety tabs are fully engaged.
    • Contaminated animal carcasses shall be placed in red bags, frozen, and secured by tying off the bag.

Disposal of Chemical Waste

 

Preparing for pickup by RMS

  • RMS provides the following select containers upon request (call RMS at 1-5037):
    • 2.5 gallon (10 liter) carboys for solvent only waste
    • 5 gallon (20 liter) carboys for solvent only waste
    • 5 gallon buckets with lids for solid waste (silica gel, ethidium bromide, acrylamide gels, contaminated weigh boats, filter paper, etc.)
  • Chemical (liquid and solid) waste containers shall be leak/spill proof with an approved lid (parafilm, plastic wrap, aluminum foil, etc., are not approved lids), free from residual spillage, compatible with their contents, and be labeled with one of the following label formats:
    • Hazardous waste containers need to be labeled as “Hazardous Waste” followed by the constituents of the waste.
    • Non-hazardous waste containers need to be labeled as “Non-Hazardous Waste” followed by the constituents of the waste.
    • Universal waste containers need to be labeled as “Universal Waste” followed by the constituents of the waste.
  • A Chemical Discard Tag form shall be completed, submitted, printed, and attached to each waste container.  
    • Each Chemical Discard Tag form represents one chemical waste container.
    • Chemical Discard Tag forms are not valid if not properly submitted. A confirmation email will be received containing a link to the completed form if successfully submitted.
    • Chemical Discard Tag forms shall be attached to the container so the information on the form is visible, which is a regulatory compliance (RCRA) requirement.
  • Chemical (liquid and solid) waste containers shall be leak/spill proof with an approved lid (parafilm, plastic wrap, aluminum foil, etc., are not approved lids), free from residual spillage, compatible with their contents, and be labeled with one of the following label formats:
    • Hazardous waste containers need to be labeled as “Hazardous Waste” followed by the constituents of the waste.
    • Non-hazardous waste containers need to be labeled as “Non-Hazardous Waste” followed by the constituents of the waste.
    • Universal waste containers need to be labeled as “Universal Waste” followed by the constituents of the waste.
  • A Chemical Discard Tag form shall be completed, submitted, printed, and attached to each waste container.  
    • Each Chemical Discard Tag form represents one chemical waste container.
    • Chemical Discard Tag forms are not valid if not properly submitted. A confirmation email will be received containing a link to the completed form if successfully submitted.
    • Chemical Discard Tag forms shall be attached to the container so the information on the form is visible, which is a regulatory compliance (RCRA) requirement.

Disposal of Radioactive Waste

  • RMS provides the following select containers upon request (call RMS at 1-5037):
    • 2.5 gallon (10 liter) plastic carboys for liquid non-flammable radioactive waste
    • 5 gallon (20 liter) plastic carboys for liquid non-flammable radioactive waste
    • 2.5 gallon (10 liter) metal carboys for liquid flammable radioactive waste
    • 5 gallon (20 liter) metal carboys for liquid flammable radioactive waste
  • RMS does NOT provide radioactive bags, radioactive tape, scintillation cocktail, vials, and paper swipes. These can be ordered through vendors like VWR, Fisher Scientific, Grainger, etc..
  • If possible, used scintillation vials should be placed back into the original cardboard container packaging, and then bagged with a four-mill bag.
  • All radioactive waste containers shall have radioactive symbols and the paperwork completed before RMS arrives. 
  • A Radioactive Waste Pickup Form shall be completed with the following required information:
    • Responsible Investigator last name 
    • Department Name
    • Name of person completing the form 
    • Phone number
    • Appropriate waste categor(y)(ies) checked.
    • Radionuclide(s), their activities, and units of activity entered.
    • Amount of solutes in grams, solvents in %/vol, type of cocktail, percentage of glass, metal, paper, plastic, or components in aqueous solution entered in Comments section.
    • Number corresponding to form’s pickup number marked on each container.