1.1  Introduction

1.2  Environmental Health and Safety

1.3  Department Management

1.4  Staff/Students

1.1       Introduction

Environmental preservation concerns everyone but it is especially important for higher education, which is often viewed as a leader and as a resource to society.    

Environmental Health and Safety is designated to facilitate the safe storage, pick up, and disposal of hazardous chemical and radioactive wastes produced at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB).  In order to succeed, EHS needs the cooperation of all University staff and students.  The disposal of hazardous material at UTMB is subject to regulation by:

         Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

         Department of Transportation (DOT)

         Health and Human Services (HHS), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

         Texas Department of State Health Services (TDSHS)

         Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ)

         City of Galveston


1.2       Environmental Health and Safety

Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) will: 

·      Implement federal, state, and local regulations pertaining to the handling, storage, transportation, and disposal of hazardous waste.

·        Prepare, submit, and maintain applicable records, reports, and manifests.

·        Identify and advise of appropriate treatment or disposal methods for wastes.

·        Arrange for licensed contractors to transport and dispose of hazardous waste.

·        Designate and audit universal waste and satellite accumulation areas on campus.

·       Assist and encourage UTMB personnel working with processes that generate hazardous waste to examine and apply pollution prevention principles.


1.3       Department Management

Principal Investigators and Healthcare Managers have the primary responsibility for ensuring that staff and students follow policies and guidelines established in this manual.


1.4       Staff/Students

Laboratory Staff and Students have critical hands-on, day-to-day responsibilities that include: 

·        Wearing required personal protective equipment when handling hazardous waste (e.g. eye protection, apron, lab coat, gloves and closed-toe shoes).

·         Managing and disposing of hazardous waste in accordance with established procedures.

·         Seek advice, when necessary, from EHS, their supervisor or instructor about the proper handling and disposal of hazardous waste.

·         Being involved and responsible for hazardous waste minimization.

·         Recording proper chemical identification information on the Online Chemical Pickup Submittal request. (