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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.

Laboratory Waste

Guidelines

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. For more information, view our hazardous waste guidelines.

Container Requirements

All hazardous waste must be properly contained. Environmental Health and Safety provides waste containers upon request. Items not properly packaged will be returned to the generator. You can request a container by filling out the container request form.

Labels

Hazardous waste must be marked with a completed AU hazardous waste label. Environmental Health and Safety can provide these labels upon request or they can be downloaded and printed on Avery 3-1/3" x 4" shipping 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. For more information, please visit their website.

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. The video can be accessed on Youtube.

For more information, please contact: 

 Leanne Wright, MPH, CSP 
 Assistant Director
 Environmental Health and Safety 
 Phone: 202-885-2007 
 Email: pina@american.edu