Enviornomental Safety and Health

Waste Disposal Guidelines

Chemical Waste:

All chemical waste must be clearly labeled as “Waste”. All constituents must be labeled in English and any solutions must have percentages listed with their lids closed at all times. Chemical waste containers must be stored in secondary containment such as a Rubbermaid Tote to prevent leakage. Do not over fill waste containers; there should be at least one inch of space between the chemical and the top of the container.

ESH provides 5 gallon liquid waste containers as well as 1 and 5 gallon solid waste containers. Printable waste labels can be found at http://www.umbc.edu/safety/. To schedule a waste pickup or to request a new waste container call ESH at 410-455-2918.

Biohazardous Waste

Biohazardous waste must labeled as “Biohazardous Waste” and stored in an autoclave bag, a sharps container, or a burn box. Never place sharps inside autoclave bags or burn boxes. To schedule a pickup contact your departments biohazardous waste vendor. More information on biohazardous waste can be found at http://www.umbc.edu/ibc/hazardousmaterialsandwastedisposal.htm.

Radioactive Waste

Radioactive waste must contain a CRAM label as well as the isotope and activity. All radioactive waste must be stored in a burn box, or a liquid waste container. Do not mix radioactive waste with other chemical waste. To schedule a waste pickup click on the following link http://www.ehs.umaryland.edu/Waste/Removal/forms/radwasteform.cfm .