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Laboratory Safety Manual

Reviewed May 2012

Chapter 3: Chemical Hygiene Plan
Section 3.4 - Chemical Waste


L. Hazardous Materials Surplus Program

One method of assuring maximum use of non-radioactive chemical substances that are readily usable but deemed of no further use to individual departments, is to establish a program of redistribution or reuse among other University departments or units. OSU HAZMAT has full responsibility for regulating and coordinating the Intra-University Surplus Program. Procedures for participating in the program are as follows:

  1. Departments identifying a substance as surplus to their needs shall contact OSU HAZMAT for pickup and transfer to the OSU HAZMAT facility.

  2. Surplus chemicals reallocated to University departments shall be provided at no charge to the receiving department nor shall there be compensation to the department that originally offered the chemical as surplus. However, departments have the option of requesting the return of previously surplused chemicals, if still available, at no charge.

  3. When a department transfers the surplus chemical to OSU HAZMAT, the container shall be in good condition and shall be properly labeled with the substance name, hazard(s), date of manufacture if known, and if opened, date opened.

  4. A report will be sent out to departmental heads, listing the substances available by name, quantity, unit volume, age if known, and whether or not opened.

  5. Departments may utilize the list to make requests via phone or memo for surplus transfer or may make an appointment to visit the central storage area. In either case, OSU HAZMAT will provide transfer of the substance(s) to the requesting department.

  6. Departments are encouraged to advise OSU HAZMAT whenever non-University entities are identified that could benefit from the use of our surplus hazardous materials. Such users will be considered when there are no identified users on campus.

  7. A limited number of chemicals, including (but not limited to) the following will NOT be placed in surplus due to their potentially dangerous nature (the following list of chemicals should be rendered inactive by the user prior to disposal):

    • Alkyl boranes
    • Aluminum Alkynes
    • Ammonium Nitrate
    • Benzoyl Peroxide
    • Calcium Carbide
    • Chromic Acid
    • Cyanides
    • Ethers
    • Grignard Reagents
    • Hydrogen Peroxide
    • Iron Sulfide
    • Metal Alkyls
    • Metal Hydrides
    • Peracetic Acid Solution
    • Peroxide Forming Compounds
    • Picric Acid
    • Sulfides
    • Water reactive metals (Lithium, Potassium, Sodium, Cesium)

(NOTE: Due to the explosive characteristics inherent to the addition of a carbon source to Ammonium Nitrate, Ammonium Nitrate shall not be placed in surplus.)


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