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 UM, the majority of which generate chemical waste, a standard operating procedure (ZRH-007) 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 its 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 collection exercises. Two campaigns were carried out in 2015, 2017 and 2020. The more recent exercise in 2021 was a smaller scale collection exercise. A centralised repository of chemical waste registers and log sheet documents is used for all departments, supported by RSSD and visible to H&S office. RSSD also acts as a centralised channel of information allowing easier transfer of knowledge, expertise and practices between the various departments, institutes, centres and schools.

Waste container labels are provided ready printed. The Waste RP can get in touch with their RSSD Lab Manager for additional labels.