WM Bulletin FY00-02: Abandoned Laboratory Chemicals and Excess Chemical Cleanouts
Who should read this bulletin? ES&H Coordinators, Division Liaisons, Principle Investigators
Recently the Waste Management Group has experienced an increase in the number of requests for lab cleanouts either because the researcher left or the labs want to get rid of some of their chemical inventory. Abandoned chemicals present compliance and safety liabilities. Processing can be delayed if no one knows what these materials are, causing significant costs to the Division for characterization. We encourage the prudent removal of excess chemicals to maintain a safe and compliant work place. To that end, we ask the Divisions do the following:
For each lab location,
The purpose of this review is to screen out any non-regulated chemicals that can be thrown in the trash or disposed of via the sanitary sewer. We will also review unopened items for possible inclusion in the Chemical Exchange inventory.
The list is not meant to be a substitute for a waste requisition. The list should contain a complete description of the material, including the CAS number if available, and the amount.
If your Division is planning multiple lab cleanouts, contact your Generator Assistance Specialist to coordinate timing.
For additional help, contact . . .
Building 55/64: Jon Kawamoto (x7632)
Donner: Amy Tanouye (x6896)
Calvin: Dr. Maram Kassis (x6823)
NTLF: Chan Yi (x5886)
Nancy Rothermich (x4644)
Waste Management Group Leader