Environmental Health & Safety coordinates management of all hazardous wastes at WSU Tri-Cities in order to protect the health and safety of university employees, students and visitors and to meet local, state, and federal regulatory requirements. The Environmental Protection Agency, the Washington State Department of Ecology, and the City of Richland all maintain regulations describing proper management of hazardous waste. Violations of local, state, or federal hazardous waste laws may result in fines and/or imprisonment for university personnel.
Proper management of hazardous wastes requires the cooperation of all university departments, staff, faculty, and students.
Information describing the identification, storage, labeling, and disposal of hazardous wastes appear on the following pages. Note: The procedures described in this section apply only to chemical wastes. Additional restrictions apply to biohazardous and radioactive wastes. Contact EH&S for assistance with these.
All individuals in positions generating hazardous waste must complete Hazardous Waste Generator training annually. Training can be completed online through the Campus Safety training portal on Canvas.
Employees can access it by clicking the self-enrollment link at: https://apps.aoi.wsu.edu/li/canvas/self-enroll.aspx?id=1513766. They can then log into http://canvas.wsu.edu (with their MYWSU credentials), and the WSUTC Campus Safety course should appear in their dashboard. All available PowerPoint training presentations, and corresponding quizzes, are available within the course. The PowerPoint slides must be viewed in “Slide Show” mode in order to display properly and to activate web links within the slides. They must complete the quiz modules in order to record their completion of the training.