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Hazardous Waste Management

Hazardous waste may be generated from laboratory and classroom operations, facilities operations and maintenance, construction and renovation activities, photo processing, and a variety of other activities conducted or performed at Farmingdale State College (FSC). Hazardous waste is a particular class of "solid" waste (which includes solid, liquid, or gaseous material) which, if improperly managed, poses a substantial threat or potential hazard to human health and the environment. Typical hazardous wastes generated at FSC include, but are not limited to, spent solvents, waste laboratory chemicals, waste paints and waste oil.

Hazardous waste is subject to a complex regulatory scheme to ensure that uniform and consistent waste identification, storage and disposal procedures are followed by persons trained in the proper management of these waste substances. In a responsibility that cannot be reassigned to others, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) assigns the generator of hazardous waste "cradle to grave" responsibility for the proper management of these substances after the point of generation. This strict liability scheme creates a powerful incentive for regulatory compliance, including waste minimization. In New York State, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) is the agency responsible for the implementation and enforcement of hazardous waste regulations.

The Environmental Health and Safety Officer at Farmingdale State College is responsible for assisting College personnel with hazardous waste management procedures including waste identification, storage, packaging, manifesting, shipping, disposal, reporting, records keeping and personnel training.

This guide provides FSC personnel involved in the generation of hazardous waste with an overview of regulatory and institutional requirements for the management of these wastes, as well as information on spill response and laboratory safety.

To Request a Chemical Waste Pickup, follow these steps:

  • A REQUEST FOR PICKUP OF CHEMICAL WASTE FORM must be COMPLETELY FILLED out EVERY TIME chemical waste is to be picked up from your lab or work area (a different type of form should be completed for a Regulated Medical Waste/Red Bag pickup request – contact EH&S at x2105 for assistance).
  • INSTRUCTIONS on how to complete the form can be found on the REVERSE of each form/page.
  • The IDENTIFICATION of the chemicals on the form MUST MATCH those on the HAZARDOUS WASTE LABEL(S) placed on the chemical waste container(s).
  • The NUMBER of containers (of identical size), the SIZE/CAPACITY of the containers, and the AMOUNT WITHIN each container must also be listed on the form.
  • When your container(s) is FULL, or you need your waste picked up for any reason, please CALL the Environmental Health and Safety Officer at (631) 420-2105, or EMAIL ehs@farmingdale.edu, to make your pickup request. When making your request, please identify the TYPE(S) of waste you need picked up (i.e. acids, bases, flammables, assorted toxics, etc.), how many containers and of what size, etc.
  • The form has two copies – the front/white copy to be included with the chemicals for pickup, and the back/yellow copy is for your own records.

Labels for hazardous waste containers and Request for Pickup of Chemical Waste Forms are available from the Office of EH&S (call x2105 or email ehs@farmingdale.edu to make your request).

Hazardous Waste Management Training

Hazardous Waste Management Training is required if you generate, manage or otherwise handle hazardous chemical waste. The EH&S Office offers training throughout the year. Please visit our training page to determine when a course is available and which training(s) would apply to you.

In case of an emergency or major chemical/hazardous waste spill, contact University Police at (631) 420-2111