In Case of Emergency: Dial 911
MCC Police Department
Campus Phone: 1200
Other Phone: 816.604.1200
City Police Department: 911
Fire Department: 911
Environmental Health & Safety
SDS for Emergencies contact
604.1124 or 604.1370
- Waste must not be disposed of or released into the environment.
- Precautions must prevent releases to the environment.
- Accumulation Times: Only one container is allowed per waste per accumulation area.
Once a container is full it must be moved from the use/service area to the hazardous
waste accumulation area within three (3) days and removed from on-site within six
(6) months (180 days). Be cognizant of these rules when selecting the appropriate
size of containers for waste.
- Universal Wastes - may accumulate on-site for up to one (1) year, but disposal is recommended every six (6) months.
- Hazardous Waste – containers not yet full may accumulate on-site for up to one (1) year, but disposal is recommended every six (6) months.
- Biohazard Waste – may accumulate on-site for up to one (1) year, but disposal is recommended every six (6) months.
- Employees must not accept wastes from off site.
- Universal waste must not be diluted, treated, broken or include crushed mercury containing lamps.
- All wastes must be labeled.
- Employees will be trained on proper handling and emergency procedures.
- Employees must respond to spills and manage the spill residue as hazardous waste.
- Employees may not self-transport the waste on a public roadway due to Department of Transportation (DOT) regulations.
- Employees must maintain records (manifests) of universal wastes received or shipped for three (3) years.
- Each hazardous waste accumulation area is to be marked in a noticeable place with the words "Hazardous Waste Accumulation Area". This does not apply to biohazard or universal waste.
- Emergency information sheets are to be posted for all types of waste.
Accumulation areas are located in low traffic areas. These could include, but are not limited to: fume hoods, flammable or corrosive storage cabinets, chemical storage areas, and lab preparation areas.
- Secondary Containment
Each group of containers of waste that could possibly be spilled or released must be provided with secondary containment made of non-reactive material that will accommodate 110% of the largest container. These types of waste includes: all liquids, used oil, car batteries, granular materials, etc. Secondary containment is not required for biohazard containers.
- Container Limits
Only one (1) container per hazardous waste stream (type of waste) is allowed in a lab or work area, i.e., one (1) container for halogenated solvents, and one (1) container for non-halogenated solvents. Multiple biohazards containers are allowed in any space.
Proper containers for the chemical waste must be used. Wastes collected by the waste disposal company are transported on public streets. Therefore, chemical waste must be packaged in containers suitable for transportation in accordance with the Department of Transportation (DOT). Waste is best stored in the type of container the original protect was produced/shipped in. Acceptable containers for common classes of chemicals are as follows:
- Flammable and halogenated solvents: original four-liter glass solvent bottles, one or five-gallon metal cans, and any original solvent container.
- Strong acids and bases: two-liter glass bottles for corrosive liquids and any original container for the waste chemical being generated.
- Miscellaneous organic and inorganic reagents: original containers or their equivalent.
Containers larger than five (5) gallons may be used only with prior arrangement with the risk & compliance manager.
Accumulation of hazardous waste in any accumulation area cannot exceed 55 gallons at any time. If the area accumulates acutely hazardous waste, one quart is the maximum accumulation amount. A list of acutely hazardous wastes is available by calling the risk & compliance manager.
The container holding the hazardous waste must be in good condition. This means no cracks, no rust, and no leaks.
NOTE: All containers must be closed at all times except when actually adding waste. Containers are considered closed if they prohibit evaporation and prevent spillage should the container be disturbed.
The wastes must be separated by chemical compatibility groups. Incompatible waste shall not be collected in the same accumulation area. Containerized liquids may not contain solid objects such as pipettes, syringes and other objects. Waste liquids containing solid objects will be rejected unless prior written approval has been granted.
Apply the appropriate waste labels to the containers. Labels are available from the risk & compliance manager.
- Containers are to be labeled at the time it is determined the material is waste.
- Containers used to accumulate chemical wastes are to be labeled at the time accumulation begins.
- Provide all information requested on the label.
- Be specific in identifying the chemical composition of the waste material.
- Provide percentages of known chemicals in a mixture.
- Chemicals in their original containers with intact labels do not need to be relabeled.
- Small bottles, less than 250 ml, may be labeled by any suitable means that completely identifies the contents of the bottle.
- The container holding the hazardous waste must be marked with the words "Hazardous Waste". No variation of these words is permissible.
- All waste chemical containers are to be labeled at all times.
- Waste Log
In addition to the label, record the type of waste, amount added and date added to waste container on the Hazardous Waste Accumulation Inventory Form. This does not apply to biohazard waste.
When a container is approximately 90% full, remove from service. Contact the risk & compliance manager for disposal arrangements. Containers must be removed from the "use or service area" within three (3) days after the waste container becomes filled. Closed, properly labeled containers that are partially filled should be removed at the end of each fall, spring and summer semesters and placed in the "Hazardous Waste Accumulation Area". Contact the risk & compliance manager (816-604-1124) or Robin.McClain@mcckc.edu with any questions. The normal removal schedule for hazardous waste is every six (6) months (180 days), normally in July and January.
- Hazardous Waste Manifest Documents
All hazardous waste manifest documents should be kept in a "central location" for each campus. Generators, those who create the waste, are required to keep copies of all manifests for three (3) years. This would include both the generator signed and dated document sent with the waste and the dated signed copy that is received from the designated facility which the hazardous waste was accepted by the initial transporter (i.e., Clean Harbors, Stericycle, etc.). The three (3) year date is counted from the date on the signed copy from the designated facility. MCC campuses keep the manifest either in the facilities department or in the dean's office. Check with your campus to determine the location for your campus.