West Chester University
Filano Hall, Room 205
West Chester, PA 19383
There are many ways to define hazardous waste but the following Department of Transportation (DOT) definition can be used as a general guide: A hazardous material/waste is a substance...which has been determined to be capable of posing an unreasonable risk to health, safety, and property, when transported in commerce (49 CFR (171.8)). However, in addition to the DOT, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and other federal agencies have their own definitions of what is hazardous.
Moreover, the EPA defines three categories of hazardous waste generators based upon the quantity of hazardous waste they generate per month:
The EPA and the commonwealth of Pennsylvania have developed and enforce hazardous waste regulations specific to each generator category listed above.
In order for the University to maintain our current generator category status (i.e. Small Quantity Generator) and to fully comply with the set of hazardous waste regulations that apply, the following hazardous waste disposal procedures must be followed.
Procedures for Disposal:
All hazardous waste must have a completed hazardous waste label, prior to pick-up and must be properly containerized. Contact EHS (x2129) for hazardous waste labels. Schmucker Science Center Phase I & II and Boucher Hall faculty/staff can also obtain hazardous waste labels by contacting George Zittle (x2274).
Next, segregate the chemicals by hazard class, this helps to reduce the risk of a reaction between chemicals during transportation or pick-up.
For areas outside of Schmucker Science Center Phase I & II and Boucher Hall, EHS will pick up the waste on the last Thursday of every month of the calendar year and dispose of it properly. However, due to the potential for large quantities of hazardous waste generated, EHS would prefer request for pick-up service be made one week before the scheduled monthly pick-up. For Schmucker Science Center Phase I & II and Boucher Hall, George Zittle will pick up the waste following the same schedule as listed above.
Requests for pick-up can be made by contacting EHS at x3333, or George Zittle (Chemistry Department Stockroom) by e-mail or x2274.
The following are some simple guidelines to use when disposing of chemicals.
Examples of Hazardous Waste:
*These types of waste are classified by EPA as Universal Waste and are subject to less stringent federal and state hazardous waste regulations
**Certain unused, recalled and non-hazardous pesticides are classified as Universal Waste, others that are listed in EPA's 40 CFR 261 Subpart C and 261 Subpart D are considered Hazardous Waste
Problem Hazardous Waste
Hazardous Waste Labeling Requirements
Hazardous Waste Container Requirements
A simple method for determining if your waste is hazardous is if it fits into the following hazard classes:
Segregation by Hazard Class
Use the following resources to determine the hazard class of your waste:
West Chester University is committed to protecting the environment and ensuring the health and safety of students, faculty and staff by adhering to environmentally sound practices and policies and complying with all applicable federal, state and local regulations. University departments/employees who fail to comply with the hazardous waste disposal guide and other environmental health and safety compliance policies will be singled out to the proper chains of command.