Environmental Health & Safety
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Environmental Health & Hazardous Waste Management Program

Section 1

Hazardous Waste Management Program

Program Summary: The UC Irvine Hazardous Waste Management Program (HWMP) provides cost-effective hazardous waste management programs to assure compliance with all Federal, State and local regulations.

  1. Program Description
  2. Scope
  3. Definitions
  4. Responsibilities
  5. Program Components
  6. Reporting Requirements
  7. Information and External References

 

1. Program Description

The UC Irvine Hazardous Waste Management Program (HWMP) provides cost-effective hazardous waste management programs to assure compliance with all Federal, State and local regulations.

The goals of the UC Irvine HWMP are to:

  • Develop an operational strategy for managing hazardous wastes generated in teaching laboratories, research laboratories, facilities maintenance, construction operations, and all other institutions within UC Irvine that will:
    • Establish consensus for policies and procedures that are practical to carry out, efficient, and cost-effective.
    • Promote excellence in environmental stewardship among students, laboratory employees and other workers, and scientists and academic leaders.
  • Promote cooperation, understanding, and mutual respect between environmental protection agencies, academic institutions, and the scientific research community.
  • Develop a plan for implementing polices and procedures for managing hazardous wastes.

 

2. Scope

This program details the elements of the HWMP in order to:

2.1 Identify and establish consensus for policies and procedures for managing hazardous wastes; and

2.2 Assure compliance with all Federal, State and local regulations.

 

3. Definitions

  • CUPA – Certified Unified Program Agency.
  • DTSC – Department of Toxic Substances Control.
  • EPA - Environmental Protection Agency.
  • Non-RCRA - A California hazardous waste that does not meet the definition of hazardous waste in RCRA.
  • RCRA - Resource Conservation and Recovery Act.

 

4. Responsibilities

4.1 Lab personnel

  • Have general knowledge of hazard characteristics.
  • Be able to identify unusual characteristics.
  • Provide identification for subsequent handling.
  • Participate in training programs in order to gain the necessary skills and knowledge from a safety and health perspective.
  • Follow policies and procedures.

4.2 P.I./Lab manager

  • Convey importance of Hazardous Waste Management Program.
  • Monitor performance and make corrections.
  • Responsible for day-to-day training, or oversee day-to-day training.
  • Responsible for lab personnel getting proper training and following procedures.
  • Follow-up on audit findings.

4.3 Department Chairs/Dean

  • Responsible for ensuring that P.I.s/group are meeting the intent under this Hazardous Waste Management Program.

4.4 EH&S Hazardous Waste Management Group

  • Provide good service to meet customer needs.
  • Handle material safely after they take possession from labs, and facilities, until final disposition.
  • Recycle/reuse.
  • Conduct identification and waste characterization (if not done by labs).
  • Manage regulatory compliance and internal finances for waste disposition.
  • Provide program framework for labs.
  • Provide training resources/consultative services.
  • Obtaining and maintaining an EPA identification number.
  • Hazardous waste manifesting.
  • Manage off-site hazardous waste transportation requirements.
  • Manage land disposal restrictions for certain hazardous wastes.
  • Record keeping of the types and amounts of hazardous wastes generated.
  • Review and sign all Uniform Hazardous Waste Manifests.

 

5. Program Components

UC Irvine is a large quantity generator (LQG) of hazardous waste. The hazardous waste regulations impose a number of requirements on LQG's of hazardous waste including:

5.1 Process for identification and classification of hazardous wastes.

    5.1.1 Hazardous waste is defined in California Code of Regulations Title 22 that fully incorporate federal regulations in section 66261 as a waste that is either listed as a hazardous waste, or exhibits any characteristic of a hazardous waste.

    For more information please visit: https://www.ehs.uci.edu/programs/enviro/ . Click on: “What Is A Hazardous Chemical Waste”.

5.2 Initial point of generation requirements.

  • 5.2.1 Package any hazardous waste generated in a container compatible with the hazardous waste, and keep wastes segregated to prevent an incompatible mixture.

  • 5.2.2 Keep containers closed at all times except to add or remove wastes.

  • 5.2.3 Proper labeling of hazardous waste containers.

    For more information please visit: https://www.ehs.uci.edu/programs/enviro/. Click on: “Hazardous Waste Segregation” and “Hazardous Waste Storage”.

5.3 Storage time limits.

    5.3.1 Labs and other areas within UC Irvine that generate hazardous waste must follow the quantity and accumulation time limits for hazardous waste.

    For more information please visit: https://www.ehs.uci.edu/programs/enviro/. Click on: “Hazardous Waste Storage”.

5.4 Hazardous waste disposal request.

  • 5.4.1 EH&S provides hazardous waste pick up service.

    Request Hazardous Waste Pickup Service via the Internet:

    Visit www.ehs.uci.edu.

    • Click on: “On-line Services” and “Chemical Waste Collection”.
    • Fill out the form.
    • EH&S will pick-up your waste within 1-3 days.

5.5 Storage area security and signs.

    5.5.1Requires sufficient security to prevent unauthorized entry into hazardous waste storage areas.

5.6 Hazardous waste storage area requirements.

5.7 Hazardous waste storage area inspection.

    5.7.1Hazardous waste storage areas must be inspected on a periodic schedule and documented.

    For more information please visit: https://www.ehs.uci.edu/programs/enviro/ Click on: “Hazardous Waste Storage ”.

5.8 Hazardous waste labeling.

    5.8.1 All hazardous waste must be appropriately labeled upon the start of accumulation.

    For more information please visit: https://www.ehs.uci.edu/programs/enviro/. Click on: Blank Labels ”Hazardous Waste”.

5.9 Emergency preparedness and contingency plan.

    5.9.1 Emergency planning must be conducted and documented for any hazardous waste storage.

5.10 Training requirements for hazardous waste handlers.

5.11 Waste Minimization.

5.12 Chemical Recycling.

  • 5.12.1 The Chemical Recycling Program makes good use of many unopened hazardous chemical materials in order to minimize hazardous waste disposal.

    For more information please visit: https://www.ehs.uci.edu/programs/enviro/. Click on: "Chemical Recycling Program”.

5.13 Uniform Hazardous Waste Manifests

  • 5.13.1 All Uniform Hazardous Waste Manifests must be reviewed and signed by an authorized EH&S Hazardous Waste Management Group staff member.

 

6. Reporting Requirements

6.1 Notification to the Board Of Equalization and payment of fees.

6.2 Submission of applicable CUPA unified program forms relevant to hazardous waste management.

6.3 Submission of a Biennial Generator Report.

 

7. Information and External References

Laws and Regulations on Hazardous Waste Management

 

State Laws

Hazardous Waste Control Law (HWCL) Health and Safety Code § 25100-25249

Hazardous Substance Account Act (HSAA) Health and Safety Code § 25340-25392

Hazardous Waste Treatment Permitting Reform Health and Safety Code § 25201

Act (AB 1772)

 

Federal Laws

Resource Conservation and Recovery Act 42 USC § 6901-6987

(RCRA)

Comprehensive Environmental Response, 42 USC § 9601-9675

Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA)

and the Superfund Amendments and

Reauthorization Act (SARA)

 

State Regulations

Identification and Listing of Hazardous Waste >22 CCR §§66261-66261.126

Requirements for Generators, Generally 22 CCR §§66262.10-66262.70

Requirements for Generators, Contingency 22 CCR §§66264.50-66265.56

Plan Requirements for Generators, Personnel 22 CCR §66265.16

Training Requirements for Transporters 22 CCR §66263

Land Disposal Prohibitions 22 CCR §66268

Document Initiator: Kirk Matin
Rev.: 12/16