Hazardous Waste Management

Hazardous Waste Management Procedures

Excellence in education and research is of primary importance at Humboldt State University. In support of this activity, the Office of Risk Management and Safety Services (RM&SS) provides

for the disposal of hazardous chemical waste. This page contains University authorized procedures for the safe accumulation, handling and packaging of such wastes. The procedures described herein are necessary to comply with the various rules promulgated by regulatory agencies governing hazardous waste management and disposal. The California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA) regulates disposal of chemical wastes in a cradle-to-grave fashion. This means that our responsibility for the disposition of hazardous wastes generated by Humboldt State University can never be relinquished.

The California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC), a division of CalEPA, is charged with oversight and enforcement of hazardous waste regulations at the state level while the Humboldt County Department of Health Services, Environmental Health Division provides direct oversight at the local level. Hazardous waste regulations are codified in the California Code of Regulations, Title 22, Division 4.5.

The commission of Risk management and Safety Services is to provide for the safe, legal, efficient and ecologically sound disposal of hazardous wastes. The cooperation of HSU waste generators will help us to fulfill this charge. Generators must abide by the guidelines set forth on this page in order to comply with the applicable regulations. If you have any questions about these procedures or hazardous materials management in general, contact Sabrina Zink the EH&S Specialist at ext. 3302 or Sabrina.Zink@humboldt.edu

Finally, if you handle any potentially hazardous materials, learn what the associated hazards are and how to protect yourself from companion documents and programs http://risksafety.humboldt.edu/environmental-health-safety-program which detail regulatory requirements, risks, handling precautions and other safety related information.