Chemicals and Biological Material – 2014
Disposal of Glass Waste Boxes
There has been some confusion recently over who is responsible (custodians or lab personnel) for getting rid of filled glass waste boxes. In an attempt to answer this question, I contacted numerous people in Facilities Management and unfortunately, got conflicting answers from them as well. Late Friday afternoon, I was able to finally able to talk with the Custodial Manager for the entire Campus about this issue. He informed me that custodians are no longer permitted to remove filled glass waste boxes from the labs. He implemented this change about 18 months ago after a custodian suffered a deep puncture wound to his hand while removing a glass waste box. We subsequently learned that this injury was caused by an improperly-discarded syringe that someone had placed in a glass waste box, but to avoid an possible future injuries to his staff, the custodians have since been forbidden to remove glass waste boxes. Accordingly, the procedure for getting rid of glass waste boxes is as follows:
- . FILLED GLASS WASTE BOXES SHOULD BE SECURELY CLOSED WITH EITHER PACKAGING TAPE OR DUCT TAPE BEFORE BEING THROWN AWAY.
- . PER FM CUSTODIAL SERVICES, GLASS WASTE BOXES MUST BE REMOVED FROM THE LABS BY THE RESEARCHERS, NOT THE CUSTODIAL STAFF.
- . PER EH&S, FILLED GLASS WASTE BOXES ARE CONSIDERED “REGULAR TRASH” (NOT “HAZARDOUS/CHEMICAL WASTE”) AND SHOULD BE THROWN DIRECTLY INTO THE COMPACTOR ON THE CHEVRON DOCK. IN EBERLY HALL, GLASS WASTE BOXES MAY BE PLACED DIRECTLY IN THE DUMPSTER ON THE EBERLY LOADING DOCK.
I hope this clears up any confusion. I further expect that this topic will be addressed during our upcoming Safety Seminars as well. Please feel free to contact me if you have any further questions regarding disposal of glass waste boxes.
- Faculty and staff can redistribute chemicals free of charge. The Chemical Redistribution Program reduces expenses and volumes of chemical waste generated. Please see the “Chemical Redistribution” section of the EH&S Waste Disposal web page . See the list of chemicals available.
- For the current Chemical Hygiene Training Schedule follow this link (above) and click the EH&S Training Schedule (pdf) link.
(The SCHEDULES section is located on the lower right of the EH&S homepage.)