Chemicals and other hazardous materials are regulated by a number of different agencies, at Federal, State and local levels. Congress mandated the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to re authorize environmental regulations previously defined in CFR Title 40: Protection of Environment. In 1984 the EPA released the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). The State of Nevada, Division of Environmental Protection (NDEP) is the agency which is authorized to enforce these regulations, and regulations that they write.
Because of this, Risk Management & Safety takes the management of hazardous wastes on campus very seriously. Those in charge of managing Satellite Accumulation Areas, or SAAs, for waste must be trained under the RCRA Generator procedures; that training is available from the online training section of the RMS website. Those in charge of managinging SAAs must also complete weekly inspections under those same rules and submit them to Risk Management & Safety. By doing so, those who work on the UNLV campus can be assured that wastes kept in accumulation areas are being stored safely.
Disposing of Wastes
If you have hazardous waste that needs to be removed from an on-campus location or other UNLV property, an online form is available to request pickup by our . When preparing to make a waste pickup request, remember to allow three working days for the disposal to be completed. Ensure that all labeling and marking is properly completed and easily visible, and that the the waste is in an accessible location. Further instructions can be found on the Hazardous Waste Disposal Request page.