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Chemical Disposal

Hazardous waste poses a potential threat to public health or the environment and is regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Environmental Health and Safety provides training and guidance for Oklahoma State University employees who manage hazardous waste.

  • Many chemicals are considered hazardous waste when they are disposed
  • Hazardous waste must be managed and disposed of in accordance with state and EPA regulations
  • DO NOT pour chemical waste down sinks or in drains
  • Each laboratory and generator of hazardous waste has collection containers for waste. Do not put incompatible material in the same container, and always make sure the container is closed if not in use
  • When the container is nearing full, fill out a Request for Chemical and Material Removal Request
  • In the event of a chemical spill or release, call the Environmental Health and Safety Department at 405-744-7241.

Instructions for filling out the form

  1. Generator Information: The responsible faculty/staff person is the person who is in charge of the laboratory/maintenance site. The contact person is the person who EHS would contact about the chemicals.

  2. Identification/Description of the Chemicals:

  • List all components and their respective percentages. Do not use chemical symbols or abbreviations.
  • List physical state and pH, if applicable (pH paper is adequate)
  • List number and type of containers
  • List volume (liquids) or weight
  • List any hazards associated with this material, e.g., flammable, oxidizer, organic oxidizer, poison, corrosive, water-reactive, pyrophoric, mutagen/teratogen, carcinogen, shock-sensitive, etc.

Other Information

The chemicals must be prepared for pickup before sending this form to EHS. The request will be processed as it arrives. Chemicals that are improperly packaged, labeled, or identified will not be picked up. Pickup can be expected within two weeks of receipt by EHS. This form must be filled out as completely, specifically and legibly as possible (please print or type). Improperly, inadequately, or illegibly prepared forms will be returned for completion/clarification. If you have questions, a request of special urgency, or if EHS has not picked up your chemicals within two weeks, please call EHS at 744-7241.