Environmental Protection & Hazardous Materials

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Biohazardous Waste

In the state of Florida, biomedical waste supplies are required, by regulation, to comply with ASTM D-1709-91 and D-1922-89.  EHS has reviewed products from some vendorized sellers for the University of Miami. Attached is a list of products that are compliant with the State of Florida Department of Health (FLDOH) for proper storage and management of biohazardous waste in laboratories.  Other companies may be utilized as well, as long as the products are compliant with FLDOH guidelines.  If you would like more information about approved products, the FLDOH link is http://www.floridahealth.gov/environmental-health/biomedical-waste/red-bag-list.html  

Approved Biomedical Waste Supplies by Company

 Container  Size VWR Grainger Uline Fastenal
Red Bags 10 Gal 89092-410 5KRC2 S-12984 F2400XR
Red Bags 20 Gal 89092-414 39P017 S-20849 G3600XR
Red Bags 5 Gal 89092-448 3UAF4   F1800XR
Red Bags 1 Gal 89092-444 3UAF2    
Boxes Floor 56617-807 9TXM5   7021460
Boxes Bench Top 56617-810 8UK88   7021459
Sharps Containers 8 Gal Floor 19001-010 3UTE9    
Sharps Containers 2 Gal Bench 19001-008 3UTE7 S-22218  
Sharps Containers 1 Gal Bench       1051626

Note that bags, boxes, and sharps containers must be labeled by lab perosnnel with

  1. Room number
  2. Building street address
  3. City where the waste was generated.

Hazardous Materials

Environmental Health & Safety oversees the collection and disposal of hazardous chemical waste on all UM campuses. Waste collected in the laboratories is picked up by EHS personnel and prepared for proper disposal.

The waste generated in the laboratories should be placed in the Satellite Accumulation Area (SAA)* designated for that laboratory. Waste should be placed in containers that are in good condition, sealed, and labeled with the exact contents. Always take the time to immediately label all containers in your laboratory. Unknowns pose an extreme safety problem for all and are very expensive to fingerprint. All chemical percentages should be placed on the label if there are compatible mixtures in same container. Where possible, waste chemicals should be collected in separate containers. Compatible non-halogenated solvents should be collected separately from compatible halogenated solvents. Each laboratory can not accumulate more than 55-gallons of hazardous waste or 1-quart of acutely hazardous waste identified as P-Listed Hazardous Wastes*.

When a laboratory is ready for waste pickup, complete the Chemical Waste Disposal Form and contact Yesser (Abraham) Somoza or Brian Reding at 305-243-3268. If further information or clarification is needed, please call EHS at your convenience.

Our Hazardous Waste Policy is designed to meet the disposal needs of all UM personnel in the safest, least time consuming, and economically feasible manner. It is also based on UM compliance with strict EPA regulations. UM employees who work with hazardous chemicals and generate hazardous waste need to dispose of them properly via the EHS office so that we may protect our working environment as well as our outside environment.

Environmental Protection

EHS is tasked with implementing the university’s commitment to environmental protection by ensuring compliance with all federal, state and local environmental regulations. This entails the following:

  • Obtaining and maintaining environmental permits for the following disciplines
    • Air
    • Industrial waste
    • Biomedical waste
    • Storage tanks
    • Sanitary sewer discharge
    • Ozone layer protection
    • Fats, Oil and Grease discharge
  • Managing hazardous waste, universal waste and pharmaceutical waste disposal according to federal guidelines
  • Providing training to faculty, staff and students on issues relating to environmental compliance such as biomedical waste handling, chemical waste management in laboratories and spill prevention control
  • Responding to small and medium chemical spills
  • Maintaining Hazwoper and D.O.T shipment certifications
  • Consultation on construction projects from an environmental perspective