|Submission Date||Feb. 3, 2012|
University of Kentucky
OP-21: Hazardous Waste Management
Envrionmental Affairs Compliance Manager
Environmental Quality Management Center
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 has an established waste minimization process which encourages quantity and source reduction, recycling, substitution, and treatment to reduce the toxicity and quantity of hazardous waste generated for disposal. The waste minimization process is included as part of the required Hazardous Waste Management training.
A brief description of how the institution safely disposes of hazardous, universal, and non-regulated chemical waste:
The University maintains a robust process for managing all universal, hazardous, and non-regulated chemical wastes generated on campus as well as outlying facilities. This process is managed through the Environmental Management Department (EMD) which operates a permitted waste management facility on campus. This facility, the Environmental Quality Management Center (EQMC), is staffed by environmental professionals who provide guidance across the campus community regarding regulatory requirements and waste management practices. These waste management strategies address regulated hazardous waste as well as non-regulated materials which have other hazardous chemical properties. Some key criteria of the process are:
• Hazardous and non-regulated wastes generated in campus laboratories (Satellite Accumulation Areas) are managed and tracked through a web based system known as E-Trax. Personnel generating waste prepare waste cards for each container and submit pick up requests to the EMD. Personnel from EMD then pick up waste containers and transport them back to the EQMC for consolidation, neutralization, or disposal through a commercial, contracted waste disposal facility. All steps of the process adhere to the tracking, manifesting, and management requirements of the Resource, Conservation, and Recovery Act (RCRA) regulations.
• All personnel generating or managing hazardous waste are required to complete initial and annual refresher training for Hazardous Waste Management.
• The waste management strategies also encompass the Patient Care Facilities of UK Healthcare to collect and manage as hazardous waste any pharmaceuticals that meet the criteria as RCRA hazardous waste, or have similar properties, such as chemotherapy agents (RCRA equivalent).
• Used Oil and rechargeable batteries are collected for recycling through approved centers to reprocess and recover the constituents of these materials and prevent disposal as hazardous waste.
The website URL where information about hazardous materials management is available: