Overall Rating Bronze - expired
Overall Score 37.22
Liaison Ryan Buchholdt
Submission Date Aug. 2, 2011
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University of Alaska Anchorage
OP-21: Hazardous Waste Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Michael Halko
Director of Environmental Health & Safety
Environmental Health & Safety
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Does the institution have strategies in place to safely dispose of all hazardous, 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, universal, and non-regulated chemical waste:

The University is required to comply with federal standards promulgated under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) and other regulations. These regulations require documentation of transfer of hazardous materials from point of generation to final disposal. UAA's Hazardous Material Mangement Policy and Procedure Statement 2. found in the EHS Policies and Procedures, outlines the university's hazardous waste management practices that employ a vigorous program of waste minimization that include: 1. Strict procurement and inventory control, 2. Interdepartmental exchanges of surplus materials and departmental disposal of acidic and or basic wastes by neutralization. Experimental design also incorporates waste minimization as part of the research process. At this time UAA is classified as a conditionally exempt small quantity hazardous waste generator. With proper management the Anchorage campus can retain this classification and ability to economically dispose of wastes at the Municipality of Anchorage Hiland Road Hazardous Waste Facility. Hazardous waste is shipped out of state. The University actively supports the use of green chemistry, reuse/redistribution of chemicals, and recycling.

A brief description of how the institution safely disposes of hazardous, universal, and non-regulated chemical waste:

Department heads and principal investigators identify the hazardous wastes generated in their areas and prepare shipment with the assistance of laboratory support services staff. The institution's Chemical Hygiene Officer provides assistance to the department heads and PIs to ensure appropriate identification, packaging and storage takes place prior to shipment to the municipal Hazardous Waste Center. UAA EHS also assists the 5 extended campuses with disposal of the modest quantities of hazardous waste generated in accordance with all federal and state regulations. The Chemical Hygiene Officer is available for assistance and has traveled to all the extended campuses to provide support. Facilities disposes of TSCA wastes through appropriate vendors. Substitution of products are sought to further reduce waste.

The website URL where information about hazardous materials management is available:
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