Environmental Health and Safety oversees the collection and disposal of hazardous chemical waste on all UM campuses. Waste collected in the laboratories is picked up by EHS personnel and prepared for proper disposal.
The waste generated in the laboratories should be placed in the Satellite Accumulation Area (SAA)* designated for that laboratory. Waste should be placed in containers that are in good condition, sealed, and labeled with the exact contents. Always take the time to immediately label all containers in your laboratory. Unknowns pose an extreme safety problem for all and are very expensive to fingerprint. All chemical percentages should be placed on the label if there are compatible mixtures in same container. Where possible, waste chemicals should be collected in separate containers. Compatible non-halogenated solvents should be collected separately from compatible halogenated solvents. Each laboratory can not accumulate more than 55-gallons of hazardous waste or 1-quart of acutely hazardous waste identified as P-Listed Hazardous Wastes*.
Our Hazardous Waste Policy is designed to meet the disposal needs of all UM personnel in the safest, least time consuming, and economically feasible manner. It is also based on UM compliance with strict EPA regulations. UM employees who work with hazardous chemicals and generate hazardous waste need to dispose of them properly via the EHS office so that we may protect our working environment as well as our outside environment.