Hazardous Materials

The Office of Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) provides direct service for chemical pick-up and waste disposal. This service is provided at no cost to the Department for routine disposal of hazardous chemicals. Contact EHS at (916) 278-5165 or (916) 278-6456 to obtain Hazardous Waste Labels and arrange for pick-up of the waste chemicals.

Campus hazardous materials users/generators are responsible for property handling and disposing of unwanted chemicals. According to statutes, any chemical that exceeds twice its shelf life or is no longer usable for its intended purpose is deemed hazardous waste; therefore, as soon as possible arrangements must be made for its disposal. Waste chemicals are not to be disposed of in trash containers, in sinks or toilets, or in storm drains.

When starting to fill a new waste container, the user/generator attaches a hazardous waste label to each container and writes the date when the waste was first put into the container or when the chemical was declared a waste (accumulation start date). The user/generator must prepare the hazardous waste disposal label for all of the waste chemicals, e.g., paints, oils, batteries, solvents, cleaners, grease, etc. The user must fill out a Hazardous Waste Container Label for each unwanted chemical, with as much information as known about unwanted chemicals, including

  • Generator name,
  • Department
  • Building/Room #
  • Contents
  • Physical state (gas, liquid, sludge, slurry, or solid),
  • Hazardous properties (reactivity, corrosivity, flammability, toxicity, etc.)

NOTE: When the container is full or 1 year accumulation time, contact EHS for transporting the small containers to EHS's secured, hazardous waste storage facility.

The hazardous waste labels are critical as they are the chief means by which the waste contractor prepares the hazardous waste manifests. The university is responsible/liable for proper handling/disposal of all hazardous waste from "cradle-to-grave" in accordance with regulations from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the California Department of Toxic Substances (DTSC)

EHS offers training at no cost to campus departments on chemical waste minimization and management. Generators of hazardous waste are required to take initial training on hazardous waste management and refresher training on an annual basis. For campus employees, these training requirements should be listed on your Learning Track. Please contact EHS at (916) 278-6456 if you need assistance with training.