Wastes: Hazardous and Universal

 Hazardous Wastes: Properly package, label, manifest, placard, transport and dispose chemical waste. No chemical is to be disposed on University property, including soil, water, drains, sinks, or sewers.  If you are disposing chemicals belonging to the University as part of the job, accurately identify the chemical waste. PROVIDE ALL HAZARDOUS WASTE MANIFESTS TO THE PROJECT MANAGER, so that a University representative may sign as the generator.

Universal Wastes: Universal wastes are certain hazardous wastes which are "universal" to most work environments. Currently, the list of federally regulated Universal Wastes (UW) consists of five categories:

  • Fluorescent Lamps;
  • Mercury-Containing Equipment;
  • Batteries;
  • Pesiticides; and
  • Aerosol Cans.

UW shall be properly stored, handled and disposed of. 

  • UW cannot be disposed of as municipal wastes (trash) or residual wastes;
  • UW may not be diluted or treated except in response to a release;
  • UW must be managed in a way that prevents a release of any component;
  • If containment is required, the container shall be closed at all times except when adding or removing waste. The container must be compatible with the UW and its contents and free of defects, design characteristics or damage that would lead to leakage, spillage, or other environmental releases. 
  • UW stored outside must be covered to prevent precipitation from coming into contact with the waste.





29 CFR 1910.106, 1200; 29 CFR 1926.59; 40 CFR 260-270, 273 and 761; 49 CFR 106-180; District of Columbia Municipal Regulations (DCMR) Title 20, Chapter 40.