Chemical and Hazardous Waste Management

The University is required, by regulation 25 PA Code Ch. 260(a) - 262(a) and by Environmental Protection Agency regulation 40 CFR 260-262 to ensure the proper disposition of hazardous wastes. Proper handling of reaction by products, surplus and waste chemicals, and contaminated materials is an important part of safety procedures. Each employee is responsible for ensuring that wastes are handled in a manner that minimizes personal exposure and the potential for environmental contamination.

Two programs have been developed to facilitate employee compliance with the regulations.  The Laboratory Waste Management Plan outlines proper management and disposal of materials by all laboratory and research personnel while the Chemical Waste Management Plan outlines the requirements for all other University operations.

Waste Management for Non-Academic Areas

This plan covers groups generating waste from the Office of Physical Plant, Auxiliary and Business Services, Intercollegiate Athletics, University Police and Public Safety, Campus Maintenance Operations, and University Health Services, among others.  The Chemical and Waste Management Plan defines the management of all regulated chemical waste materials generated in areas covered under this plan within the premises of all Penn State locations.  Refer to  Requirements/Guidelines to access the plan.

Waste Management for Academic Laboratories

The Laboratory Waste Management Plan for chemical waste generated in laboratory and research areas, art studios, and areas that directly support research. This plan outlines the requirements for the management and disposal of chemicals by all laboratory and research personnel.  Refer to  Requirements/Guidelines to access the plan.