Guidelines for the disposal of hazardous waste and problematic waste, ionising radiation sources and explosive waste

Approved by the University Director 05.05.2010.

1. Objectives

The aim of these guidelines is to ensure that waste generated at the University of Bergen (UiB) is disposed of in a safe and proper manner, in accordance with internal rules and government requirements.

2. Basis

The guidelines are included in the university's collection of rules (Part 3. Human Resources and HSE) and are based on HSE legislation (see reference).

3. Scope and area of application

These guidelines apply to all employees, students, visiting researchers, hired labour working in buildings and/or activities under the direction of UiB, with the exception of the projects and activities which in accordance with coordination agreements shall follow other guidelines for HSE work.

4. Responsibility

Line managers are responsible for ensuring that these guidelines are publicized and monitored at the unit.

The Estate and Facilities Management Division (EIA) is responsible for appointing a coordinator for hazardous waste etc. and ensuring that transport and final treatment of waste take place in accordance with the regulations.

Employees, students and guests who use and handle hazardous and problematic chemicals, ionizing radiation and explosives must comply with the guidelines and central procedures.

5. Definitions

  • Hazardous waste and problematic waste: Waste that cannot appropriately be treated together with other household or commercial waste because of its bulk or because it may cause serious pollution and/or be potentially harmful to humans, animals or the environment.
  • Problematic waste: Infectious waste, cytostatics, non-infectious sharp waste and some types of gels.
  • Ionising radiation sources: Radioactive compounds, products or equipment that contains such compounds, and installations, devices or equipment that may emit ionising radiation as well as radioactive waste.
  • Radioactive waste: Discarded items, biological material, solutions or substances consisting of or contaminated with radioactive substances.
  • Explosive waste: Solid, liquid, viscous or gel-like chemicals or solutions which, even without the supply of atmospheric oxygen, may react exothermally (heat-generating) with rapid gas development, and which under defined testing conditions detonate, combust rapidly or explode when heated under partially confined conditions. This also includes chemicals which, when inappropriately stored, may form explosive peroxides (see HSE-gateway).

6. Disposal of hazardous waste and problematic waste, ionising radiation sources and explosive waste

6.1 Tasks

Line manager:

  • Shall assure that the unit performs mappings that reveal if the unit generates waste covered by these guidelines.
  • Shall appoint a contact person for hazardous waste etc. announce this and ensure that the contact person gets necessary training.
  • Shall ensure that a local instruction for disposal of hazardous waste etc. is developed.
  • Shall ensure that central procedures for handling the different waste fractions are followed cf. HSE-gateway.
  • Shall ensure that employees, students and visiting researchers are given the necessary instruction and training.

Contact person for hazardous waste etc.

  • Shall develop/revise local instructions for the disposal of waste etc.
  • Shall report to the Operating Manager regarding the need for packaging, registration form and tags.
  • Shall ensure that hazardous waste etc. are packaged, registered and labeled according to key procedures, cf. HSE-gateway.
  • Shall collaborate with resource persons, as a local coordinator for the chemical inventory and local radiation protection coordinator

Employees, students and visiting researchers

  • Shall comply with central procedures and local waste disposal routines.

Coordinator of hazardous waste etc.

  • Shall on behalf of EIA make agreements with approved transport companies and final treatment plants of waste.
  • Shall revise these guidelines.
  • Shall ensure that adequate storage rooms for temporary storage of hazardous and problematic waste are set to the user’s disposal.
  • In cooperation with The HSE Section provide necessary training of Contact persons for hazardous waste etc.

Operating Managers

  • Shall collaborate with the coordinator of hazardous waste etc. and ensure that the waste is proper and compatible stored.
  • Shall ensure there is sufficient packaging, registration forms and tags at the individual storage room.
  • Shall order retrieval of hazardous waste etc.

The HSE Section

  • Shall provide guidance and advice on the disposal of hazardous and problematic waste, ionising radiation sources and explosive waste.
  • Shall assist the coordinator of hazardous waste with training and information regarding waste.

6.2 Implementation

The guidelines shall be implemented by all units that generate waste covered by these guidelines. Key procedures for waste management in the HSE-gateway.

7. References

Replaces: "Guidelines for hazardous and problem waste, including radioactive and explosive waste" of 31 August 2004.

Drawn up by: The Estate and Facilities Management Division and The HSE Section

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