Overall Rating Bronze - expired
Overall Score 38.84
Liaison Suzanne Wood
Submission Date Nov. 29, 2012
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STARS v1.1

University of Massachusetts Medical School
OP-21: Hazardous Waste Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Suzanne Edmunds
Environmental Health & Safety
Environmental Health & Safety
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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:

The Environmental Health and Safety Department makes several efforts to help reduce hazardous, universal and non-regulated waste. The Hazardous Waste Minimization Guideline found in the Umass Medical School Safety Manual. This Guideline emphasizes purchasing and using smaller quantities, substituting for less hazardous chemicals, encouraging laboratories to give unopened chemicals that are no longer needed to labs that can use them. Additionally, UMMS recycles xylene therefore reducing the quantity the university purchases and disposed of. Another step the university takes is to exchange mercury thermometers with alcohol thermometers to reduce the number of mercury thermometer in the labs.

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

The Disposal of Chemical Waste Procedure found in the Umass Medical School covers the disposal of chemical waste in the laboratories. The hazardous waste is removed from Satellite Accumulation Areas by EH&S personnel to a Central Accumulation Area. The waste is transported by a vendor to designated treatment, storage and disposal facilities. The waste is tracked cradle to grave using Hazardous Waste Manifests and Bill of Ladings.

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

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