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Hazardous Chemical Waste 

All hazardous chemical waste generated by laboratories must be properly and safely managed, from the time it is generated, through handling, storage, and preparation for transportation in order to avoid any potential risk by reaction. The management of hazardous waste is to be conducted in accordance with all applicable National and European laws and regulations, as well as University policies and procedures.

With over 300 laboratory spaces within the University of Malta, majority of which generate chemical waste, a standard operating procedure has been designed to streamline the management of this waste. This procedure is applicable to all members of staff, students and third parties making use of the University’s premises. Each department is responsible to segregate their waste appropriately as well as keep a log of the waste it generates by means of the standardised waste registers,log sheets and labels.

RSSD, together with the H&S office, is responsible to coordinate university-wide chemical waste removal campaigns. Two such campaigns have already been carried out in 2015 and 2017. To this end, RSSD maintains  a central repository of chemical waste registers and log sheet documents. RSSD also acts as a centralized channel of information allowing easier transfer of knowledge, expertise and practices between the various departments, institutes, centers and schools.

The SOP on management of hazardous chemical waste as well as relevant register and log sheet templates can be found on our website. Waste container labels are provided ready printed and can be collected from RSSD’s office.

Of interest: 

Ecolex: The gateway to environmental law. A repository of European and National Regulations.

S.L. 549.63 - Waste Regulations: Arrangement of Regulations is the National regulation including all amendments made until 2017.

The Environment & Resources Authority (ERA) is the local regulator for chemical waste. The General Binding Rules, Guidance Note as well relevant documents regarding waste brokers and waste carriers can be found here

Last Updated: 9 November 2018

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