Hazardous Materials and Waste Disposal

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For information on these programs or for hazardous waste pick-up and disposal, contact Environmental Health and Safety Specialist Chandra Gowda at Chandra.gowda@sjsu.edu.

Hazardous Material

Hazardous materials are substances that exhibit one of four characteristics (corrosivity, ignitability, reactivity, toxicity) or specifically listed as hazardous material by the EPA or California EPA, which has established minimum requirements for the use, handling and storage of hazardous materials in all places of employment. Hazardous Materials from the University's operations, including laboratories, must be managed according to the procedures of the Hazardous Materials Management manual.

Hazardous Waste

Because of potential risk from harmful exposure, hazardous waste is regulated by both federal and state law. Hazardous waste from the University's operations, including laboratories, must be managed according to the procedures of the Hazardous Waste Management manual. In addition, if you want to see how your work area compare against some of these requirements, check this workplace inspection checklist for hazardous materials & or hazardous waste.

Laboratory Waste

The University is under state and federal regulations to minimize the amount of hazardous waste generated by the campus. Laboratories are a common place where hazardous materials and waste are found. Understanding more about Laboratory Chemical Management for Waste Reduction will help in complying with these regulations. In addition, check these Laboratory Relocation Guidelines for assistance in preparing for movement or transportation of chemicals.

Medical/Bio-Hazardous Waste

SJSU is registered as a medical waste generator with the Santa Clara County Department of Environmental Health. Consistent with regulations, SJSU has developed a medical waste management plan and submitted it to the county in compliance with the requirements of the Medical Waste Management Act of 1990, as defined by Division 20, Chapter 6.1 of the California Health and Safety Code. Contact the Environmental Health and Safety Specialist, Chandra Gowda, for more information regarding what constitutes medical / bio-hazardous waste, or the Santa Clara County web-site on Medical WasteExternal Link that Will Take User Outside SJSU Domain.

Universal Waste

The Hazardous Materials Specialist safely disposes of all universal waste. Those items include used batteries (lithium, mercuric oxide, nickel cadmium, silver oxide, lead acid, alkaline), used lamps (fluorescent tubes, high intensity discharge, high pressure sodium, mercury vapor, metal halide, neon), non-PCB and PCB light ballasts, computers/monitors, and electrical/electronic equipment. Contact the Hazardous Materials Specialist for information on disposing Universal Waste, or check the U.S. EPA streamlined regulatory site for Universal Waste External Link that Will Take User Outside SJSU Domain.

Chemical Labels - Your Signposts to Safety

Labels on chemicals are an important part of the employer's Hazard Communication Program. Together with Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDSs), chemical labels provide employees with the information needed to work safely, including information regarding the protective equipment that should be used and the procedures that should be followed. These labels indicate a chemical's identity, the manufacturer, information on the hazards of the chemical and protective measures. Additional information is available about the various kinds of chemical labels commonly used on the job and safety information regarding the chemical.

Material Safety Data Sheet

The Material Safety Data Sheet, or MSDS, provides a range of information about the hazards and safe use of a specific chemical or mixture of chemicals. Chemical manufacturers provide a copy of the MSDS for the chemical at the time of purchase. The Safety and Risk Services unit can assist in providing information on How to read and understand an MSDS. In addition, employees can obtain a copy of the MSDS from the manufacturer or retrieve one online at MSD Online HQ External Link that Will Take User Outside SJSU Domain.

Toxic Gases

Toxic gas cylinders (lecture gas bottles/cylinders) storage, usage, handling and disposal should meet all Toxic Gas Ordinance and corresponding CFC requirements. Cylinders are stored when not in use. Please inform Environmental Health & Safety before any toxic gas is purchased. Information on exempted quantities and the list of toxic gases is available at Environmental Health and Safety.