Office of Emergency Management
| Environment, Health & Safety
- Dry Waste
Dry waste is dry materials that have been contaminated with a hazardous chemical waste. This waste must be handled, stored, and disposed of properly.
- Electronic Waste
Most electronic devices (that is anything with a plug, a circuit board, or uses batteries) are regulated and generally should not be disposed of in a landfill.
- Facilities Chemical Waste
LSCS Facilities Department has different types of hazardous wastes than laboratories on campus. This department will follow a different set of guidelines for waste disposal.
- Fluorescent & Other Lamps
Some light bulbs and lamps contain toxic metals such as mercury that require special disposal. These light bulbs and lamps are regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as universal waste lamps.
- Gas Cylinders
Gas cylinders are used in some labs or shop areas, such as Welding. It is important to consider disposal needs during the procurement process.
- Reactives & Peroxide Forming
Potentially explosive peroxides can form if some chemicals are kept beyond their expiration date. A special team must remotely open every expired peroxide former individually.
- Sharps Contaminated with Chemicals
Sharps contaminated with hazardous chemicals includes needles, wires, razor blades, scalpels, pipets, capillary tubes, etc. containing residual trace amounts of extremely hazardous chemicals. These items require special handling and disposal.
- Unknown Chemical Waste
When liquids or solids are not labeled properly or the label becomes illegible, they can become unknown to the people responsible for it.
- Waste Paint & Art Supplies
Some paints and other art materials contain hazardous waste which, when not properly handled, pose both safety and environmental hazards.