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Campus Phone: 1200
Other Phone: 816.604.1200
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Environmental Health & Safety
SDS for Emergencies contact
604.1124 or 604.1370
Hazardous materials have hazardous characteristics such as: flammable, corrosive, reactive, toxic, radioactive, poisonous, carcinogenic or infectious. In a general sense, these materials are considered hazardous because they present a potential environmental health and safety (EHS) hazard to humans and/or the environment. A waste is basically any discarded material.
By federal and state law a hazardous waste is defined as:
- a waste, or combination of wastes, that because of its quantity, concentration, or physical, chemical or infectious characteristics may cause or significantly contribute to an increase in serious, irreversible, or incapacitating reversible illness or pose a substantial present or;
a potential hazard to human health, safety or welfare to the environment when improperly treated, stored, transported, used or disposed of or otherwise managed.
Hazardous waste management plans generally separate waste into three broad groups: radioactive, chemical and biological. This guide addresses only chemical waste.
Universal Waste Defined
Universal wastes are hazardous wastes, but not all hazardous wastes can be universal wastes. In general, to qualify as a universal waste a hazardous waste must be widespread, commonly found in medium to large volumes, exhibit only low-level hazards or be easily managed. Universal wastes in the State of Missouri's rule include the following items:
- Batteries, such as nickel-cadmium (Ni-Cd) batteries, mercury, silver or lithium "button" batteries and small, sealed lead-acid batteries found in electronic equipment, mobile telephones, portable computers, emergency backup lighting and lead-acid vehicle batteries.
- Pesticides that have been recalled or banned from use, are obsolete, have become damaged or are no longer needed due to changes in cropping patterns or other factors. In Missouri, pesticides cannot be sent to other universal waste handlers, but may be sent to a universal waste pesticide collection program, to a Missouri Certified Resource Recovery Facility or to a Universal Waste Destination Facility.
- Thermostats, mercury switches and mercury containing thermometers and manometers that are found in homes and commercial, industrial, agricultural and community buildings; and
- Mercury containing lamps that include fluorescent, high-pressure sodium, mercury vapor, metal halide and high intensity discharge (HID) lamps.
Biohazard Waste Defined
Biohazard wastes are infectious agents or hazardous biological materials that present a risk or potential risk to the health of humans, animals, or to the environment. The risk can be direct through infection or indirect through damage to the environment.
Biohazardous materials include blood and other body fluids; sharps including needles; certain types of recombinant DNA; organisms and viruses infectious to humans, animals or plants (e.g. parasites, viruses, bacteria, fungi, prions, rickettsia); and biologically active agents (i.e. toxins, allergens, venoms) that may cause disease in other living organisms or cause significant impact to the environment or community.
Requirements for Waste Management
All Metropolitan Community College (MCC) campuses are conditionally exempt small quantity generators of hazardous waste. All areas where wastes (hazardous, universal or biohazard) are managed are considered accumulation areas. An accumulation area is an area where waste is collected and is held for up to 180 days for bi-annual disposal. MCC does not store hazardous waste.
Laboratories and other areas that generate hazardous waste are required to comply with the generator requirements of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA, CFR Title 40) and Missouri Hazardous Waste Management Regulations (10 CSR 25-5.262). Every generator site (laboratory or work area) is subject to inspection by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Missouri Department of Natural Resources (MDNR).