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Environmental Health and Safety

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Hazard Communication

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Chemical Inventory

University policy requires each individual in control of chemicals to maintain an accurate chemical inventory in order to minimize waste, track reporting limits, and comply with hazard communication laws. The College of Arts and Sciences uses an internal SharePoint site (AU login required) to manage their chemical inventory and link to Safety Data Sheets. Contact EH&S if you are having trouble accessing the site.

Safety Data Sheets

Access to AU eBinder and Safety Data Sheet requirement

Laboratory Waste


Hazardous waste must be handled according to national and local guidelines. No amount of hazardous waste may be thrown into the regular trash or poured down the sink. Please contact Environmental Health and Safety to arrange disposal of all hazardous waste.

See how each hazardous waste stream is handled at American University

Container Requirements

All hazardous waste must be properly contained. EH&S provides waste containers upon request. Items not properly packaged will be returned to the generator.

Request a container


Hazardous waste must be marked with a completed AU hazardous waste label. EH&S can provide these labels upon request or they can be downloaded and printed on Avery 3-1/3" x 4" shipping labels.

Download labels

Additional Resources

Prudent Practices in the Laboratory
Prudent Practices in the Laboratory: Handling and Management of Chemical Hazards is an excellent resource for those interested in learning more about chemical safety in the laboratory. Topics include chemical and waste management, laboratory facilities and security, applicable safety laws, and more.

Exploring Laboratory Accidents
In 2011, the U.S. Chemical Safety Board issued an informational video exploring three laboratory accidents that have occurred at higher education institutions across the country. The events leading up to each accident and their implications on laboratory safety culture is discussed.


For more information, please contact:

Leanne Wright, MPH, CSP
Assistant Director, Environmental Health and Safety
Phone: 202-885-2007