Laboratory Waste Procedures
The Environmental Health & Safety Office is responsible for picking up all hazardous waste generated by laboratories. Each lab should follow the below procedures for the individual type waste generated in preparation of pickup. For additional assistance call 504-568-6585.
All bio-hazardous waste (including gloves) should be placed inside of a bio-hazard red liner, which is then placed within a bio-hazard cardboard box. Recombinant DNA (rDNA) is bio-hazardous waste and should be disposed of using the procedure described here. Each lab is responsible for obtaining these liners and boxes. The Downtown campus pickup location is on the second floor of the Medical Education Building at the custodial department. The School of Dentistry campus pickup location is in the basement room B304, next to loading dock. Boxes should be packed with care, paying attention to weight (less than 30 lbs) and volume (less than 4/5th full). The box should be taped to prevent accidental opening. Each box should be labeled with the following information legible and visibly printed: BUILDING NAME, ROOM NUMBER, RESEARCHERS NAME (PI) and PHONE NUMBER. Once properly secured, the box is to be placed in the hall corridor against the wall for daily pickup by the safety department.
SHARPS containers are available through Medical Stores also located on second floor of the Medical Education Building. They are not to be overfilled, and should close without any protrusions. When full, snap the lid shut tape the container closed, and place the container within a bio-hazard waste box.
Hazardous chemical waste pickups are performed every Thursday. To request a pickup of chemical waste, the lab personnel or their department manager should utilize the On-Line service request work order system. While inputting your request, please use the "short description" text box to inform the safety department of the location and amount of the chemical(s) to be picked up. Please input your request in advance of Thursday or pickup might be delayed until the next week.
Each container should indicate the name of the chemical, the composition by percentage if it is a solution, the words "HAZARDOUS WASTE", the date waste started to accumulate in that container, and the container must not be filled no more than 2 to 3 inches from the top to allow expansion.
Glass waste should be placed in a glass waste box with a plastic liner. To request liners and cardboard boxes to use for glass waste the lab personnel or their department manager should utilize the On-Line service request work order system. While inputting your request, please use the "short description" text box to inform the safety department of the location where you would like these supplies be delivered. All glass should be dry, with no toxic residue. Boxes should be packed with care, paying attention to weight (less than 15 lbs) and volume (less than 4/5th full). The box should be taped to prevent accidential opening. The box should have the researcher's name, department, building and room number, phone number, and "GLASS WASTE" should be visible and legible. Once properly labeled and closed, the box should be placed in the corridor along the wall for the custodial department to pick up.
Radiation liquid containers and solid dry waste cardboard boxes are picked up every Tuesday. Lab personnel should request their department manager utilize the On-Line service request work order system to have your waste picked up. The permit holders's name, telephone number, building and room number, and the type and amount of liquid and/or dry waste to be picked up should be entered. Radiation waste pickup forms are available from the safety department (568-6585) and should be filled out prior to pickup and taped on the appropriate conatainer. Quantities should be listed in Micro-curies or Milli-curies. While inputting your request for pickup, Please use the "short description" text box to inform the safety department if you would also like empty cardboard boxes,plastic liners and plastic 1 or 5 gal containers delivered for future use.