Risk Management & Safety

Most of the regulations that govern how UNLV disposes of hazardous waste are found in the Resources Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). Both the EPA and the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection enforce RCRA through civil and criminal penalties.

Should you have any question about the information in this training, contact Risk Management and Safety at 895-4226.

Characterization & Marking

Waste must be characterized by its type (i.e. flammable, corrosive, toxic, etc.) or labeled with its contents as soon as waste is put into the container. This will help in determining how to dispose and store the waste.

Also ensure that the containers of waste can be easily identified as waste by RMS staff, as they may collect the waste in your absence. RMS can provide you with waste labels for your convenience.

Containers

  • Do not use food or beverage containers for any hazardous material or waste.
  • Do not use glass bottles to accumulate liquid waste.
  • Do not use biohazard bags for waste that is not potentially infectious.

RMS can provide you with appropriate waste containers. Containers must be kept closed at all times. As a rule, if a container is left unattended, the lid must be closed.

Ensure that old labels are completely removed or obscured before adding waste to a container. In addition, please ensure the former contents of the container are compatible with the new contents.

Inspect containers and labels for damage at least weekly. If housekeeping or storage is in a condition that does not allow easy access to every container, then regulators will assume you are not inspecting them.

Ensure that the waste and container type are compatible; for example, do not store corrosive waste in metal containers.

Quantity

Always keep the waste stored and generated in your area to a minimum.

If your building does not have a central accumulation area to take waste to, visit the Request for Hazardous Waste Disposal online form and enter your information (the waste will be picked up within three business days).

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This document was last modified on August 17, 2010.