University policy requires each individual in control of chemicals used in research on campus to maintain an accurate chemical inventory in order to minimize waste, track reporting limits, and comply with hazard communication laws. The Office of Environmental Health and Safety manages the chemical inventory software for the university. If you would like to have an account made, contact the EH&S office for assistance.
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 drain. Please contact Environmental Health and Safety to arrange disposal of all hazardous waste. For more information, view our hazardous waste guidelines.
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.
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..
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
Environmental Health and Safety