HM5203 – Hazardous Waste Management

No./Title: Hazardous Waste Management Plan Resp. Office: Campus Safety and Emergency Management Effective Date: 3/16/2021
Category: Hazardous Materials Last Review: New Next Review: 6/30/2022
Contact: Tim Barton, Chief Safety Officer 🕿901.448.6114 🖂

Policies: SA0400 – Hazardous Material Safety



The purpose of this procedure is to provide a framework for those individuals on campus who generate or handle hazardous waste. Consult Title 40 Code of Federal Regulations or Environmental Health and Safety for additional information regarding hazardous waste.


This shall apply to all students, staff and faculty on the Memphis campus of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.


This standard applies to all hazardous waste as defined below.


DOT-Department of Transportation

HAZWOPER-Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response Standard IATA- International Air Transportation Agency

RCRA-Resource Conservation and Recovery Act SAA-Satellite Accumulation Area

TDEC-Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation


Hazardous Waste – The EPA defines hazardous waste as a material that no longer has an intended value with properties that make it dangerous or potentially harmful to human health or the environment. Hazardous wastes can exist as liquids, solids, contained gases, or sludges. They can be the by-products of manufacturing processes or simply discarded commercial products, like cleaning fluids or pesticides.

In regulatory terms, a RCRA hazardous waste is either a listed waste that appears on one of the four hazardous wastes lists (F-list, K-list, P-list, or U-list), and/or exhibits at least one of four characteristics-ignitability, corrosivity, reactivity, or toxicity. Hazardous waste is regulated under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) Subtitle C, which is enforced by the EPA on a federal level, and TDEC on a state level.


The management of hazardous chemical waste at the University consists of the coordination and direction of the waste generated in hundreds of laboratories and other campus facilities. To manage this large volume effectively, it is necessary to use the services and technical expertise of Campus Safety, Research Safety Affairs, contractors, research faculty and staff members. This section briefly describes the function of each group and its role in the hazardous chemical waste plan.

University Administration

The Chancellor of the University is responsible for the administration of policy pertaining to institutional safety and health-‘related matters. The chancellor oversees the administration of safety policies through the chain of authority within the institution, delegating to deans, department heads, principal investigators and supervisors the responsibility for ensuring safe work practices of those under their supervision and adherence to established policy and guidelines. Campus Safety/Research Safety Affairs is responsible for surveillance of all laboratory activities involving the use of toxic agents and all additional chemical and biological problem areas within the confines of the University. Specific duties of the department include:

  • Monitor the implementation of the safety and health policies of the University.
  • Design and improve disposal procedures for chemical waste materials.
  • Prepare, submit, and maintain records, reports and manifests as required by government regulations.
  • Prepare applications for state and federal permits to generate and properly dispose of hazardous chemical waste.
  • Schedule and co-ordinate the activities of the hazardous waste contractors on campus.
  • Ensure the university’s compliance with all applicable federal (EPA) and state (TDEC) environmental regulations concerning hazardous waste.
  • Ensure the university is making an effort to minimize the amount of hazardous waste generated on campus.
  • Represent the university during EPA and TDEC regulatory inspections.

Principal Investigator, Classroom Instructor or Supervisor

The principal investigator, classroom instructor, or supervisor has the direct responsibility for assuring that the policy and guidelines established herein are followed by all personnel, including other researchers under their jurisdiction. This includes the completion of appropriate training by personnel under their oversight. The supervisors of individuals who generate hazardous waste are required under federal and state law to ensure these individuals have been trained and that training must be documented. Training is available from Campus Safety in the form of traditional classroom, or online formats. Training must be completed annually for individuals who generate and manage hazardous waste. For training information, refer to the lab safety website or 448-6114.

Laboratory Workers, Employees, Students, and Other Individuals

The success of the hazardous chemical waste management program at the University is dependent on the conscientious efforts of the individual laboratory worker and staff employee. Because the laboratory workers frequently ·handles hazardous chemicals, it is essential that they follow the advice, policies, and procedures pertaining to hazardous materials handling. The individual staff members are expected to:

  • Manage and dispose of all chemical waste in accordance with established procedures set forth in this disposal policy.
  • Maintain the identity of all chemicals with which they work.
  • Package and label surplus and waste chemicals in accordance with established procedures set forth in this disposal policy.
  • Seek the advice, when necessary, of Safety Affairs concerning the proper handling and disposal of hazardous chemicals.

Ensure they are properly trained on hazardous waste management, and that this documented training is refreshed on an annual basis.


Container Management:

  • All containers must be leak-proof and chemically compatible with their contents. Lids should fit properly so that the container is leak proof.
  • When selecting a waste container, pay attention to the original container material to ensure waste added to the container is not incompatible with residues of the original material. Make sure empty containers once used to hold product are clean and does not contain any remaining product residue.
  • Bags may be used only for dry solids. Needles (capped or uncapped), pipettes, broken glass or other sharp-edged materials that are chemically contaminated are not acceptable in bags. All “sharps” must be placed in puncture-resistant containers.
  • Containers which show signs of contamination on their exterior are not acceptable regardless of their contents.
  • Containers and bags marked with biohazard or radioactive warnings are not acceptable for chemical waste disposal. If a waste has biological and/ or radiological and chemical hazards, please contact Campus Safety for guidance before packaging.
  • When adding hazardous waste to a container, only the constituents that are specifically listed on the waste label should be added and care must be taken not to mix incompatible materials.
  • All containers must be closed with a tight-fitting lid unless waste is being added or removed from the container. It is illegal to store waste in an open container.

Labeling Requirements:

In order to comply with state and federal regulations and University policy, the following information must appear on each container of hazardous waste.

  • Hazardous Waste State and federal regulations require that each container must be clearly marked with the words, “Hazardous Waste”. Campus Safety requires that all hazardous waste must be labeled with a UTHSC hazardous waste label. Labels can be obtained from UTHSC webpage.
  • Generator’s Name: The individual who is responsible for the area or process from which the waste originated and contact information (including name, phone# and room#) for the best person to contact if further information about the material is needed.
  • Chemical Constituents: Write all constituents, whether hazardous or non-hazardous, on the waste label. Formulas, trade names, abbreviations, and general names and nomenclature are not acceptable. The proper chemical name must be written out in its entirety. Provide percentage of constituents, if known. Estimates are acceptable.
  • Do not add an accumulation start date; this will be completed by Campus Safety.

Storage Requirements:

  • Any container used for disposal and storage of waste must be marked with the information specified in the Labeling section upon placing the first drop of waste into the container.
  • Whenever possible, store flammable waste liquids and waste corrosive liquids in cabinets designed for these materials.
  • Maximum amount that can accumulate in the lab is 55 gallons hazardous waste or 1 kilogram of acutely toxic waste (Appendix A). If you accumulate more than the maximum amount, the waste needs to be removed from your lab no later than 3 days after these maximum amounts are reached.
  • All waste must be stored in secondary containment (i.e. cabinets and trays) and should be segregated according to hazard class (i.e. flammables, toxics, etc.).


Contact the Campus Safety to coordinate a pickup at or 448-6115. Waste must never be left unattended outside the labs. It must be accepted by a Safety representative.

General Requirements:

  • Hazardous waste must never be disposed of down the sanitary sewer, the storm sewer, placed in the regular trash, by evaporation (a container without a lid implies evaporation for volatile substances), mixing with a biohazard, or mixing with a non-hazardous substance (i.e. dilution).
  • The following items are not classified as hazardous waste and are not included in this policy: sewage; regular trash; universal waste (fluorescent bulbs, batteries); radioactive and biohazard.
  • The burden of hazardous waste determination lies with the waste generator. If unsure whether a waste is hazardous, reviewing the safety data sheet (SDS) or original container labels are good starting points. When in doubt, assume the waste is hazardous and manage as a hazardous waste. Campus Safety should be consulted with any questions concerning hazardous waste determinations.
  • Every effort must be made to minimize and reduce the volumes of hazardous waste generated on campus. Please refer to UTHSC Hazardous Waste Minimization Plan for ideas on waste reduction.
  • Empty containers of material EPA P-List or U-List must be collected for disposal as hazardous waste unless triple-rinsed with a suitable solvent. The rinsate must be collected and handled as hazardous waste.


The supervisors of individuals who generate hazardous waste are required under federal and state law to ensure these individuals have been trained and that training must be documented. Training is available from Campus Safety in the form of traditional classroom, or online formats. Training must be completed annually for individuals who generate and manage hazardous waste. For training information, refer to the lab safety website or 448-6114.

The Chief Safety Officer shall ensure that select staff members are adequately trained in the following subjects:

  • Hazardous substances
  • DOT shipping requirements
  • Hazardous waste management (RCRA regulations)
  • Personal protective equipment
  • Procedure for submitting the annual report to the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation


The Campus Safety shall serve as the primary location for records related to hazardous waste. Records shall be maintained on the following:

  • Hazardous waste manifests
  • Annual reports
  • Land disposal restrictions
  • Waste stream profile
  • Waste determinations
  • Disposal certificates
  • Waste Minimization Plan
  • Emergency Contingency Plan
  • Training
    • DOT Hazardous Material Shipping
    • IATA Hazardous Materials Shipping
    • OSHA Hazardous Waste Operations
  • Communication from and to:
    • Regulatory agencies
    • Hazardous waste vendors
    • Generators of hazardous waste
  • University administration

Most of these records must be maintained for three years to meet regulatory requirements. Training records shall be maintained by the individual department to whom the employee or student reports. Training records for employees may also be kept in IRIS.


Appendix A: List of Acutely Hazardous Substances


  • OSHA 29 CFR 1910.120 (Hazardous Waste)
  • EPA 40 CFR 260-270 (Hazardous Waste)
  • Tennessee Code Annotated (1200-01-11)

Appendix A:

List of Acutely Hazardous Chemicals and Waste Codes

Chemical Name Federal P-Code CAS Registry Number
Arsonous dichloride, phenyl- P036 696-28-6
Aziridine P054 151-56-4
Aziridine, 2-methyl- P067 75-55-8
Barium cyanide P013 542-62-1
Benzenamine, 4:-chloro- P024 106-,,47-8
Benzenamine, 4-nitro- P077 100-01-6
Benzene, (chloromethy 1)- P028 100-44-7
1,2-Benzenediol,- 4-[ 1-hydroxy-2-(methylamino)ethyl]-, P042 /51-43-4
Benzeneethanamine, alpha,alpha- dimethy1- P046 122-09-8
Benzenethiol P014 108-98-5
7-Benzofuranol, 2,3-dihydro-2,2-dimethyl-, methy lcarbamate. P127 1563-66-2
Benzoic acid, 2-hydroxy-, compd. With (3aS-cis)-1,2,3,3a,8,8a-hexahydro- 1,3a,8-

trimethylpyrrolo[2,3-b]indol-5-yl methylcarbamate ester (1:1).

P188 57-64-7
2H-1-Benzopyran-2-one, 4-hydroxy-3-(3- oxo-1-phenylbutyl)-, & salts, when present

at concentrations greater than 0.3%

P00l \1\81-81-2
Benzyl chloride P028 100-’44-7
Beryllium powder P015 7440-41-7
Bromoacetone P017 598 ..31-2
Brucine P018 357-57-3
2-Butanone, 3,3-dimethyl-l(methylthio)-, O-[methylamino)carbonyl] oxime P045 39196-18-4
Calcium cyanide P021 592-01-8
Carbamic acid, [(dibutylamino)- thio]methyl-, 2,3-dihydro-2,2- dimethyl- 7-

benzofuranyl ester.

P189 55285-14-8
Carbamic acid, dimethyl- 1-((dimethyl- amino) carbonyl]- 5-methyl-lH-



P191 644-64-4
Carbamic acid, dimethyl-, 3-methyl-1-(1-methylethyl)-lH- pyrazol-5-yl ester. P192 119-38-0
Carbamic acid, methyl-, 3-Tl?-eth ylphenyl ester. P190 1129-41-5
Carbofuran. P127 1563-66-2
Carbon disulfide P002 75-15-0
Carbonic dichloride P095 75-44-5
Carbosulfan P189 55285-14-8
Chloroacetaldehyde P023 107-20-0
p-Chloroaniline P024 106-47-8
1-( o-Chlorqphenyl)thiourea P026 5344-82-1
3-Chloropropionitrile P027 542-:76-7 •
Copper cyanide P029 544-92-3
m-Cumenyl methylcarbamate. P202 64-00-6
Cyanides (soluble cyanide salts), not otherwise specified P030
Cyanog n P031 460-19-5
Cyanogen chloride P033 506-77-4
2-Cyclohe:xyl-4,6-dinitrophenol P034 131-89-5
Dichlorome th yl etl1er P016 542-88-1
Dichloropheny larsine P036 696-28-6
Dieldrin P037 60-57-1
Die thylarsine P038 692-42-2
Diethyl-p-nitrophenyl phosphate P041 311-45-5
O,O-Diethyl O-pyrazinyl phosphorothioate P040 297-97-2
Diisopropylfluorophosphate (DFP) Po43 55-91-4
1,4,5,8-Dimethanonaphthalene, 1,2,3,4,10,10-hexa- chloro-1,4,4a,5,8,8a,- hexahydro-

,(1alpha,4alpha,4abeta,5alpha,8alpha,8 abeta)-

Poo4 309-00-2
1,4,5,8-Dimethanonaphthalene, 1,2,3,4,10,10-hexa- chloro-l ,4,4a,5,8,8a- hexahydro-

,(1alpha,4a lpha,4abeta ,5beta,8beta ,8ab eta)-

Po6o 465-73-6
2,7:3,6-Dimethanonaphth[2,3-b]oxirene,3,4,5,6,9,9-hexachloro- Po51 72-20-8
1a,2,2a,3,6,6a;7,7a- octal1ydro-,alph a,7beta, 7aalpha)-b]oxirene, 3,4,5,6,9,9-
hexachloro- la,2,2a,3,6,6a,7,7a-octahydro- I
,(laalpha,2beta,2abeta,3alpha,6alpha,6abeta,7beta, 7aalpha)-, & metabolites .
Dimethoate Po44 60-51-5
alpha,alpha-Dimethylphenethylamine Po46 122.:09-8
Dimetilan. P191 644-64-4
4,6-Dinitro-o-cresol , & salts Po47 534-52-1
2,4-Dinitrophenol Po48 5l-’28-5
Dinoseb Po20 88-85-7
Diphosphoramide, octamethyl- Po85 152-16-9
Diphosphoric acid, tetraethyl ester Pll 1 107-49-3
Disulfoton Po39 298-04-4
Dithiobiuret Po49 541-53-7
1,3-Dithiolane-2-carboxaldehyde, 2,4-dimethy1-, 0- [(methylamino )- carbony l]oxime. P185 26419-73-8
Endosulfan Po50 115-29-7
Endothall Po88 145-73-3
Endrin Po51 72-20-8
Endrin, & metabolites Po51 72-20-8
Epinephrine Po42 51-43-4
Ethanedinitrile Po31 460-19-5
Ethanimidothioc acid, 2-( dimethylamino)-N-[[(methylamino)carbouyl]oA’Y]- 2-oxo-, methyl ester. Pl94 23135-22-0
Ethanimidothioic acid,N-[[(methylamino)carbonyl]oxy]-,methyl ester Po66 16752-77-5
Ethyl cyanide PlOl 107-12-0
Ethyleneimine Po54 151-56-4
Famphur Po97 52-85-7
Fluorine Po56 7782-41-4
Fluoroacetamide Po57 640-19-7
Fluoroacetic acid, sodium salt Po58 62-74-8
Formetanate hydrochloride. P198 23422-53-9
Formparanate. P197 17702-57-7
Fulminic acid, mercury(2+) salt Po65 628-86-4
Heptachlor Po59 76-44-8
Hexaethyl tetraphosphate Po62 757-58-4
Hydrazine carbothioamide Pn6 79-19-6
Hydrazine, methyl- Po68 60-34-4
Hydrocyanic acid Po63 74-90-8
Hydrogen cyanide Po63 74-90-8
Hydrogen phosphide Po96 7803-51-2
Isodrin Po6o 465-73-6
Isolan. P192 119-38-0
3-Isopropylphenyl N-methylcarbamate. P202 64-00-6
3(2H)-Isoxazolone, 5-(aminomethyl )- Poo7 2763-96-4
Manganese,bis(dimethylcarbamodithioato-S,S’)-, Pl96 15339-36-3
Manganese dimethyldithiocarbamate. Pl96 15339-36-3
Mercury, (acctato-O)phenyl- Po92 62-38-4
Mercury fulminate (R,T) Po65 628-86-4
Methanamine, N-methyl-N-nitroso- Po82 62-75-9
Methane, isocyanato- Po64 624-83-9
Methane, oxybis[chloro Pol6 542-88-1
Methane, tetranitro- (R) Pll2 509-14-8
Methanethiol, trichloro- Pll8 75-70-7
Methanimidamide,N ,N-dimethyl-N’-[3-[[(methylamino)- carbonyl }oxy]phenyl]-, monohydrochloride. Pl98 23422-53-9
Methanimidamide, N,N-dimethyl-N’-[2-methyl-4- [[(methylamino)carbonyl]oxy ]phenyl]- P197 17702-57-7
6,9-Methano-2,4,3-benzodioxathiepin, 6,7,8,9, Io, IO- hexachloro-

l ,5,5a,6;9,9a- hexahydro-, 3-oxide

Po50 115-29-7
4,7-Methano- l H-indene, 1,4,5,6,7,8,8-heptachloro-3a,4,7,7a-tetrahydro- Po59 76-44-8
Methiocarb. P199 2032-65-7
Methomyl Po66 16752-77-5
Methyl hydrazine Po68 60-34-4
Methyl isocyanate Po64 624-83-9
2-Methyllactonitrile Po69 75-86-5
Methyl parathion Po71 298-00-0
Metolcarb. P190 1129-41-5
Mexacarbate. P128 315-8-4
alpha-Naphthylthiourea Po72 86-88-4
Nickel carbonyl Po73 13463-39-3
Nickel cyanide Po74 557-19-7
Nicotine , & salts Po75 54-11-5
Nitric oxide Po76 10102-43-9
p-Nitroanilinc Pb77 100-01-6
Nitrogen dioxide Po78 10102-44-0
Nitrogen oxide NO Po76 10102-43-9
Nit roglycerine Po81 55-63-0
N-Nitroso dimethylamine Po82 62-75-9
N-Nitrosomethylvinyl amine Po84 4549-40-0
Octamethylpyrophosphoramide Po85 152-16-9
Osmium tetroxide Po87 20816-12-0
7-Oxabicyclo[2.2.1heptane-2,3-dicarboxyfo acid Po88 145-73-3
Oxamyl. P194 23135-22-0
Parathion Po89 56-38-2
Phenol, 2-cyclohexy 1-4,6-dinitro- Po34 131-89-5
Phenol, 2,4-dinitro- Po48 51-28-5
Phenol, 2-meth yl-4,6-dinitro-, & salts Po47 534-52-1
Phenol, 2-(1-methylpropyl)-4,6-dinitro- Po20 88-85-7
Phenol, 2,4,6-trinitro-, ammonium salt® Poo9 131-74-8
Phenol, 4-(dimethylamino)-3,5-dimethyl-, methylcarbamate (ester). P128 315-18-4
Phenol, (3,5-dimethy1-4-(methy lthio)-,methy lcarbamate Pl99 2032-65-7
Phenol, 3-(1-methylethyl)-, methylcarbamate. P202 64-00-6
Phenol, 3-methyl-5-(1-rneth yleth yl)-,metb yl carbamate. P201 2631-37-0
Phenylmercmy acetate Po92 62-38-4
Phenylthiourea Po93 103-85-5
Phorate Po94 298-02-2
Phosgene Po95 75-44-5
Phosphine Po96 7803-:51-2
Phosphoric acid, diethyl 4-nitrophenylester Po41 311-45-5
Phosphorodithioic acid, O,O-di ethyl S-[2-(ethylthio)ethyl] ester Po39 298-04-4
Phosphorodithioic acid, O,O-diethyl S-[2-(ethylthio)methyl] ester Po94 298-02-2
Phosphorodithioic acid, O,O-dimethyl S-[2-(methylamino)-2-oxoethyl] ester Po44 60-51-5
Phosphorofluori<iic acid, bls(l-methylethyl) ester Po43 55-91-4
Phosphorothioic acid, O,O-diethyl O-(4-nitrophenyl) ester Po89 56-38-2
Phosphorothioic acid, O,O-diethyl O-pyrazinyl ester Po40 ’97-97-2
Phosphorothioic acid,O.:.[4-[(dimethylamino)sulfonyl]phenyl] O,O-dimethyl ester Po97 52-85-7
Phosphorothioic acid, O,O,-dimethyl O(4-nitrophenyl) ester Po71 298-00-0
Physostigmine. P204 57-47-6
Physostigmine salicylate. P188 57-64-7
Plumbane, tetraethyl- Pll0 78-00-2
Potassium cyanide Po98 151-50-8
Potassium cyanide K(CN) Po98 151-50-8
Potassium silver cyanide Po99 506-61-6
Promecarb P201 2631-37-0
Propanal, 2-methyl-2-(methylthio)-,0-[ (methylamino )carbonyl]oxime Po70 116-06-3
Propanal, 2-methy1-2-(methyl-sulfonyl)-, 0-[ (methylamino)carbonyl] oxime. P203 1646-88-4
Propanenitrile Pl0l 107-12-0
Propanenitrile, 3-chloro- Po27 542-76-7
Propanenitrile, 2-hydroxy-2-methyl- Po69 75-86-5
1,2,3-Propanetriol, trinit rate Po81 55-63-0
2-Propanone, 1-bromo- P017 598-31-2
Propargyl alcohol P102 107-19-7
2-Propenal Poo3 107-02-8
2-Propen-1-ol Poos 107-18-6
1,2-Propylenimine Po67 75-55-8
2-Propyn-1-ol P102 107-19-7
4-Pyridinamine Poo8 504-24-5
Pyridine, 3-(1-methyl-2-pyrrolidinyl)-, (S)-, & salts Po75 54-11-5
Pyrrolo[2,3-h]indol-5-ol,1,2,3,3a,8,8a-hexahydro-1,3a,8- trimethyl-, methylcarbamate (ester), (3aS-cis)-. P204 U -47-6 · —–
Selenious acid, dithallium(l+) salt Pl 14 39-52-o
Selenourea P103 630.- 10″‘4
Silver cyanide P104 506-64-9
Silver cyanide Ag(CN) P104 506-64-9
Sodium azide P105 26628-22-8
Sodium cyanide P106 143-33-9
Sodium cyanide Na(CN) P106 143″’33-9
Strychnidin-10-one, & salts P108 57-24-9
Strychnidin-10-one, 2,3-dimethoxy- Po18 357-57-3
Strychnine, & salts P108 57-24-9
Sulfuric acid, dithallium(l +) salt P115 7446-18-6
Tetraethyldithiopyrophosphate P109 3689-24-5
Tetraethyl lead P110 78-00-2
Tetraethyl pyrophosphate Plll 107-49-3
Tetranitromethane Pl12 509-14-8
Tetraphosphoric acid, hexaethyl ester Po62 757-58-4
Thallicoxide Pl13 1314-32-5
Thallium(!) sel.enite P114 12039-52-0
Thallium(!) sulfate Pl15 744,6-18-6
Thiodiphosphoric acid, tetraethylester P109 36a9-24-5
Thiofanox Po45 39196-18-4
Thioimidodicarbonic diamide P049 541-53-7
Thiophenol P014 108-98-5
Thiosemicarbazide Pl16 79-19-6
Thiourea, (2-chlorophenyl)- Po26 5344-82-1
Thiourea, 1-naphthaleny1- P072 86-88-4
Thiourea ; phenyl- P093 103-85-5
Tirpate . P185 26419-73-‘-8
Toxaphene P123 8001-35-2
Trichloromethanethiol Pl18 75-70-7
Vanadic acid, ammonium salt P119 7803-55-6
Vanadium pentoxide P120 1314-62-1
Vinylamine, N-methyl-N-nitroso- P084 4549-40-0
Warfarin, & salts, when present at concentrations greater than 0.3% Pd0l 81-81-2
Zinc, bis(dimethylcarbamodithioato- S,S’)-, P205 137-30-4
Zinc cyanide P121 557-21-1
Zinc phosphide P122 1314-84-7
Ziram. P205 137-30-4

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