Hazardous Chemical Waste (HCW) Management Guide

The management of Hazardous Chemical Waste (HCW) at the University of Massachusetts consists of the collection, storage, and on site comingling of waste generated in laboratories and other campus facilities. Section 1 briefly describes the function and responsibility of each group and its relation to hazardous chemical waste management. The success of the management system depends on cooperation between the research community and Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S). All laboratory personnel should use this manual to help classify chemical waste and determine the appropriate route of disposal for that waste.

EH&S provides daily pickup of laboratory waste for recycling, incineration, or landfilling in accordance with local, state, and federal regulations. When a Waste Pickup Request for surplus or waste chemicals is submitted to EH&S, the waste is first checked to see if the chemical is a waste or if it can be reused. Chemicals listed in Reuse and Exchange can be requested by contacting EH&S at: (413) 545-2682. When submitting a request for any of these compounds, please provide the name of the compound(s), the container size, and the barcode number. Include the building name and lab room number, along with the name of the Principal Investigator (PI) requesting the compound(s). EH&S will update the electronic inventory and deliver the requested chemical(s) to the laboratory free of charge. See the Chemical Reuse and Exchange Program.

HCW Associated Documents