Treatment of Hazardous Substances

Hazardous Waste Management Policy

The University is committed to providing a safe and healthful work environment while protecting employees, students, the general public, and the environment from exposure to hazardous waste. The purpose of this policy is to ensure that all hazardous waste is properly and safely managed with regards to storage, handling and disposal, in accordance with federal, state and local law. Members of the campus community who knowingly violate these laws and statutory requirements are advised that they are not only endangering themselves and the University community, but are subject to personal liability. Questions regarding the storage, handling, or disposal of hazardous materials should be directed to the Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) officer.

The disposal of all hazardous waste must be handled in a responsible manner, which includes hazardous waste removal by a licensed hazardous waste hauler. The University maintains a contract with a licensed disposal firm for the removal and destructions of hazardous waste from university property. Any employee of the University who is involved in the management of hazardous waste must participate in training to ensure familiarity with proper waste handling and emergency procedures.

Any member of the campus community, who violates any such laws, unless such violation occurs despite reasonable reliance upon advice given by the university, shall be deemed to have acted outside the scope of authority.

Refer to the Hazardous Waste Management Plan for further detail. The hazardous waste management plan will be reviewed and revised, as needed, on an annual basis.

Hazard Communication Policy

It is the policy of Stevenson University to reduce employee exposure to hazardous chemicals and the overall incidence of chemical-related injuries and illnesses. All employees who are potentially exposed to hazardous chemicals in their assigned job duties must be fully informed of both the hazardous properties of the chemicals and protective measures that are available to minimize exposure to these chemicals. This type of information will be made available to employees by means of labels on chemical containers, MSDSs, and training. Employees will be informed of any known hazards associated with chemicals to which they may be exposed before their initial assignment, whenever the hazards change, or when new hazardous chemicals are introduced into their respective work areas. All employees will be informed of the location of the written Hazard Communication Plan, chemical listing, and MSDSs.

The Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) officer will have the overall responsibility for coordinating the program for the University. This individual will work in conjunction with the Director of Facilities and the Science Laboratory Safety Manager.

Refer to the Hazard Communication Plan for further detail. The hazard communication plan will be reviewed and revised, as needed, on an annual basis.