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Policy: Chemical Safety and Waste Training 

Date: 05/27/05 Policy ID: SEC-003 Status: Final

Policy Type: University
Contact Office: Environmental Health and Safety
Oversight Executive: Vice President for Research
Applies To: Academic Division and the Medical Center.
Table of Contents: 

Policy Statement
Training Resources
Additional Resources

Reason for Policy: 

The generation of hazardous wastes resulting from the use of chemicals or chemical products requires that individuals be trained in proper disposal to ensure their safety, the safety of others, and the environment. Proper disposal and training on proper procedures is required by Federal (Environmental Protection Agency, Nuclear Regulatory Commission) and State (Department of Environmental Quality) regulations.

Policy Summary: 
Definition of Terms in Statement: 

Hazardous (Chemical) Waste: According to the Federal Environmental Protection Agency and the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, any waste or combination of wastes which pose a substantial, present or potential, hazard to human health or living organisms because such wastes are non degradable or persistent in nature or because they can be biologically magnified, or because they can be lethal, or because they may otherwise cause or tend to cause detrimental cumulative effects.

Hazardous (Chemical) Waste at the University of Virginia may include but is not limited to the following:

  1. Out of date chemicals.
  2. Waste from laboratory processes.
  3. Waste from maintenance processes.
  4. Waste from landscaping and turf management processes (e.g. fertilizers and pesticides).
  5. Waste from construction processes.
  6. Spent batteries, fluorescent light bulbs and ballasts.


Policy Statement: 

Chemical Safety and Waste Training is required for all faculty, staff and students who meet any of the following criteria:

  1. The person performs work in a laboratory.
  2. The person works with or around chemicals or chemical products (e.g. cleaning materials) in the performance of her/his job duties.
  3. The person generates Hazardous Waste at the University of Virginia .
  4. The person is an Authorized, Principle Investigator, Qualified or General User of Radioactive Material.

Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) will provide Chemical Safety and Waste Training, free-of-charge, to any faculty, staff or student member identified above. This training will be in accordance with OSHA (Occupational Safety & Health Administration) 29 CFR 1910.1450, OSHA 29 CFR 1910.1200 and the Virginia Administrative Code ( Virginia Department of Environmental Quality 9 VAC 20-60). Line managers are responsible for implementing this policy and working with EHS to ensure that all individuals are identified and receive the required training. (Refer to the policy on the University Health & Safety Program for additional information on line manager responsibilities.)


Training Resources

  1. Laboratories, Departments or other groups may schedule a "live" Chemical Safety and Waste Training session by calling EHS at 982-4911.
  2. Persons may also complete their Chemical Safety and Waste Training online via the University of Virgina's EHS web site.


Additional Resources
In compliance with the Chemical Hygiene Standard (29 CFR 1910.1450) the University of Virginia has developed a Chemical Hygiene Plan. The scope of this program applies to all staff, faculty and students (i.e., full-time, part-time) and all departments/units contained herein working in laboratories. Copies of the Chemical Hygiene Plan can be obtained from EHS and may be viewed via the EHS World Wide Web Site.

In compliance with the Hazard Communication Standard (OSHA 29 CFR 1910.1200, "Right-to-Know") the University of Virginia has developed a Written Hazard Communication Program. The scope of this program applies to all staff, faculty and students (i.e., full-time, part-time) and all divisions/units contained herein. Copies of this written program can be obtained from EHS.

Copies of OSHA 29 CFR 1910.1200 and OSHA 29 CFR 1910.1450 and their appendices can be obtained from EHS (982-4911).



Chemical Hygiene Plan

Online Lab Safety Training


Related Information: 

University Health & Safety Program
Disposal of Regulated (Hazardouse) Materials
Hazardous (Chemical) Waste Collection and Disposal


Policy Background: 
Major Category: Safety, Security and Environmental Quality
Category Cross Reference: 
Next Scheduled Review: 05/27/17
Approved By, Date: Policy Review Committee, 05/27/05
Revision History: Updated 2/25/14, 7/18/08.
Supersedes (previous policy):  Chemical Safety and Waste Training XIV.R.1