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Environmental, Safety, and Recycling

The goal of this website is to provide direct and timely information to Facilities Management workers on issues of regulatory and professional standards regarding occupational safety and the environment. The University's Environmental, Safety, and Recycling Manager (ESRM) maintains this site as a service to those needing access to the University's written safety programs, chemical safety and disposal information, maintenance and laboratory chemical labeling assistance, and safety reference material. 

All safety programs included on this website are intended to fulfill, in part, the University's obligation under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 to provide "a workplace free of recognized hazards that are causing or may cause death or serious physical harm." By allowing electronic access to them, the ESRM hopes to assist employees with their obligations under the Act to "comply with occupational safety and health standards promulgated under this Act." The University recognizes that the hazards which may be present on campus are universal, and that the safety precautions established for employees are to be applicable to all members of the University community.

All recycling and chemical disposal information included on this website is intended to broaden the awareness of the University community with regards to proper environmental practices. "Green" and Sustainable initiatives like recycling continue to improve and grow as the community becomes more aware of existing programs and practices. 

The ESRM will use this website to communicate necessary changes to current environmental (including recycling) and or safety related programs.


Laboratory operations are regulated by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).  The University has developed a Chemical Hygiene Plan to help maintain safe work practices within the laboratory.

Chemical Hygiene Plan

Particularly Hazardous Substance List (Not All Inclusive)


The University has a multitude of recycling operations ongoing on Campus.  Containers to recycle paper, bottles and cans are located within Administrative Buildings.  Wherever possible, these recycling containers are collocated next to trash containers.  Cardboard can be folded up and placed next to trash cans for recycling into a larger dumpster located outside.  Faculty, Staff and Students are asked to become active participants in the recycling program by segregating paper, bottles and cans from the trash.  If not right next to the trash there is a recycling container nearby.  The following link describes recycling efforts in more detail.

Recycling Information


Chemicals are an important part of everyday life.  Whether cleaning, painting, gluing something back together, or fueling a motor,  a chemical substance serves as the essential ingredient in the process.  While chemicals are specifically manufactured to produce a desired effect, they can be hazardous. Health (i.e. toxicity) and physical (i.e. fire) hazards are the most common amongst chemicals.  It is important that chemical users understand what they chemicals they are using while at the same time understand how the chemical may hurt them. Users should be sure to read chemical labels and the associated Safety Data Sheets (SDS) in order to protect themselves from danger.  The following link offers more information on chemical safety.

 Chemical Safety Training Manual


Chemical mixtures, solutions and chemical containing products need to be disposed of according to very strict and detailed regulations. The particular hazards (health or physical) of these chemical items will dictate how they need to managed.  Most chemical baring items cannot be flushed down a drain or be placed in the regular trash.  If you are working with chemicals on campus be sure to understand if end products (i.e. contaminated rags or brushes; unused product; reactionary byproducts; etc...) need to be collected for disposal. Questions regarding disposal of chemical items can be directed to the Environmental, Safety and Recycling Manager.

Hazardous Waste Training Guide


There are many, very basic hazards present at the University.  The job you are assigned will dictate the hazards (physical and/or health) introduced as part of the work. You should be able to recognize these hazards and be prepared to implement procedures that minimize your risk to them. You should work together with your Managers and Supervisors in order to make sure work is planned properly and hazards are controlled. 

Hazard awareness