Hazardous and Chemical Waste Management
Lafayette’s Hazardous Waste Management Plan serves as a guidance document for the proper management of hazardous chemical wastes that are generated at the college. The plan has been developed to facilitate the handling, storage, pick up and disposal of hazardous waste in a safe and environmentally responsible manner that complies with applicable federal, state and local regulations.
The guidance outlined in the Plan is applicable to all departments which use, store and dispose of chemicals and/or hazardous substances.
Environmental, Health and Safety is responsible for managing all hazardous waste activities, specifically:
Employees who use chemicals (e.g., laboratory workers, facilities operations staff, etc.) have significant, hands-on, day to day responsibilities, including:
A hazardous waste is a solid, liquid or gas that is specifically listed by the EPA on the basis of its usage or chemical constituents, or is known to possess hazardous characteristics (e.g., toxic, ignitable, corrosive or reactive).
Unused or unopened chemicals meet the definition of a listed hazardous waste if they appear on either the P-list (acutely toxic) or U-list (exhibiting toxicity, but not acutely toxic). Additionally, certain used or spent solvents, such as acetone, may be regulated as a hazardous waste if they are listed on the F-List. These EPA lists of regulated materials are included as Appendix A, Appendix B and Appendix C, respectively.
Characteristic hazardous wastes are not specifically listed by their chemical name, but are regulated as hazardous if they exhibit one or more of the following hazardous characteristics:
The Ignitability characteristic applies to:
The Corrosivity characteristic applies to:
The Reactivity characteristic applies to:
The Toxicity characteristic applies to wastes that have the potential to contaminate groundwater if disposed of improperly. These substances are regulated as a hazardous waste due to their potential to leach out specific toxic substances in a landfill.
Refer to the Hazardous Waste Management Plan document for specific information on the following topics: