Campus Resources

Department of Health, Safety & Environmental Compliance

Hazardous Waste Management

The HSE Department and the Chemical Hygiene Officer (CHO) oversee the management of chemical and biological waste at SJU in compliance with federal, state and local regulations. For each waste category, there are specific procedures for packaging, storage and disposal.



This policy is designed to ensure that every effort is made to minimize the generation of hazardous waste and that all hazardous waste is properly managed and disposed of in accordance with all applicable federal, state, and local regulations.

This policy applies to University employees, students, and contractors who engage in any University-sponsored activity.


"Hazardous Waste" is defined under federal law as a chemical waste that is specifically listed by the EPA as a hazardous waste or if it exhibits one or more of the following characteristics: ignitability, corrosivity, reactivity, and toxicity. For complete definitions of hazardous characteristics and listed wastes refer to the University Laboratory Chemical Waste Management Guidelines (see Key References and Resources below).

This hazardous waste policy does not include radioactive waste, biological waste or hazardous chemicals that are not spent, outdated, or unwanted.

"Satellite Accumulation Areas" are areas designated for hazardous waste collection and temporary storage near the point of generation. When containers are filled they are picked up by EHRS and transported to a Central Waste Accumulation Area.


The HSE Department, with the support of the CHO has the overall responsibility for the Hazardous Waste Management Program, including waste collection, RCRA hazardous waste determination, packaging, storage, disposal, training, inspections, and record keeping.

Each department is responsible for the proper management of hazardous waste in their laboratory or work area, including labeling of containers, segregation, inspections and maintenance of the area.

Employees are responsible for participating in annual Hazard Communication or Lab Safety training which will include hazardous waste training. Employees are also responsible for the proper management of hazardous waste in their laboratory or area, including labeling of containers, segregation, inspections and maintenance of the area.


Details of the procedures fro the handling of Hazardous Waste at Saint Joseph’s University are included in the Saint Joseph’s University Hazardous Waste Manual


Hazardous waste training is provided by the HSE and CHO for all University faculty, staff, and students who may generate waste chemicals. Refresher training is also required annually. Additional training is required for employees involved in the packaging and disposal of hazardous wastes. Additional training includes 40-hour hazwoper, 8-hour DOT hazardous materials training and an annual refresher for each.


The following records are maintained by the HSE Deparment: all permits, licenses, hazardous waste shipping documents, inspection logs, training records, and regulatory agency correspondence. These documents are kept on file for a minimum of three years.

The CHO is responsible for maintaining the file for original copies of the hazardous waste manifests.


The documents listed below may be obtained from the Department of Health, Safety and Environmental Compliance and can also be found on this website at the links below :

Saint Joseph’s University Chemical Hygiene Plan

Saint Joseph’s University Hazardous Waste Manual

University Department of Transportation Security Plan

Waste Streams Approved for Sink/Sanitary disposal 

US EPA HW Management Regulations 40 CFR 260

Pennsylvania Code Title Chapters 260-270 HW Management Regulations

Prudent Practices in the Laboratory, National Research Council. ISBN 0-309-05229-7