|Submission Date||Aug. 12, 2011|
OP-21: Hazardous Waste Management
Executive Director of Sustainability
Office of Sustainability
Does the institution have strategies in place to safely dispose of all hazardous, special (e.g. coal ash), universal, and non-regulated chemical waste and seek to minimize the presence of these materials on campus?:
A brief description of steps taken to reduce hazardous, special (e.g. coal ash), universal, and non-regulated chemical waste:
Dalhousie University substitutes all of its aqueous cleaners for solvents.
A brief description of how the institution safely disposes of hazardous, universal, and non-regulated chemical waste:
All waste that poses a risk of infection for people or animals shall be collected and stored in a manner that minimizes the infection risk and shall be rendered non-infectious before being discarded. Treatment may involve chemical treatment, autoclaving, or incineration.
Broken glass or sharp equipment that is not contaminated with hazardous chemicals shall be sealed in a robust, puncture-resistant package prior to being discarded along with regular trash. Contaminated sharps must be cleaned of contamination before being discarded as above.
Waste animal tissue shall be sealed in leak-proof, robust packaging, and disposed of as directed by the University Director of Animal Care. Properly packaged waste and tissue shall be kept in refrigerated storage pending disposal. Where a delay between packaging and disposal is expected, waste animal tissue shall be stored frozen.
Containers that have contained hazardous chemicals shall be cleaned to remove chemical residues and labels shall be removed or defaced. Containers may then be disposed of with regular trash or recycled.
Waste or surplus hazardous chemicals shall be disposed of only through Dalhousie's Waste Chemical Disposal Program.
Non-hazardous, solid chemicals may be disposed of along with regular trash in sealed containers. Containers shall be clearly marked with a label showing the date, the name of the generator of the waste, and indicating that the package contains "waste non-hazardous materials". Non-hazardous liquid waste may be flushed down a sanitary drain. Nonhazardous liquids wastes may not be disposed of with regular trash. When in doubt about the suitability of any disposal method, supervisors should seek advice from the Dalhousie Safety Office.
Radioactive waste may only be disposed of in accord with the directives of the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission.
The website URL where information about hazardous materials management is available:
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