Many chemicals can change as they age that make them sensitive to heat, shock, light, etc. These aged chemicals can pose a potential fire or explosion risk if not managed properly. These chemicals can require special handling, at additional costs, prior to shipment for proper disposal.
The overall goal of EHS is to get properly dispose of these hazardous chemicals before they age and keep track of the new chemicals that are ordered by the WSU community. By doing this, EHS will be able to dispose of these chemicals before they become a “high hazard” item and at costs within the budget allocated for chemical waste disposal. The continued discovery of high hazard chemicals may, as it has in the past, result in the need for departments to provide additional funding for disposal.
EHS asks the WSU community to look at the “high hazard” items list and call (937) 775-2215 for an evaluation of these chemicals if they are present in your lab. Your participation in this matter will help EHS protect you and your staff, our staff, and the WSU community as a whole and prevent the unnecessary expenditure of university funds. If you have any questions, please feel free to call EHS at (937) 775-2215.