Disposal of Lab Glass Waste

Standard Operating Procedure

Department of Chemistry

Disposal of Laboratory Glass Waste, Syringes, or other sharps

IT IS PROHIBITED TO DISPOSE OF ANY CHEMICAL IN A TRASH CAN, CROCK, BARREL, PLASTIC BAG, BOX, DUMPSTER, ETC.


Designated Area:

All glass waste should be disposed of in a cardboard container marked glass waste.

Syringes should be placed into a green sharps container, not in the glass waste container.

Personal Protection:

Safety Goggles, Lab coat and appropriate gloves.

Training:

No formal training is necessary to complete this task.

Process:

Lift off the lid of the glass waste barrel and visually check for any contents other than glass. Do not place your hand into the container. If there are any chemicals in the container– STOP. Contact Tim Styranec immediately – (X3703).

If there is only glass waste in the container, close the lid and then tape the container with duct tape.

When the container is approximately 3/4 full take it to the dumpster (in the driveway, South end of WBSH) and throw away the entire container.

The Chemical Management Center staff can do this for you. When the container is ready for pickup, call 3703.

Hazards involved in procedure:

Use caution when handling all glassware.


Emergency numbers – (X911)

Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety Department – (X3700)