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Phone  (850) 599-3442
Fax  (850) 599-8024

Environmental Health and Safety
2400 Wahnish Way
Plant Operations Building A, Suite 100
Tallahassee, Florida 32307

Hazardous Waste Management

The FAMU Department of Environmental Health and Safety facilitates the collection of hazardous substances (hazardous waste) from all FAMU facilities, including maintenance departments and laboratories. We provide for the identification, characterization, temporary storage, transportation, and disposal of all hazardous waste. EH&S also provides annual training on employee Right-to-Know regulations and the OSHA Hazard Communication Standard.
The disposal of most hazardous materials is strictly regulated by federal law.  Hazardous materials must not be disposed of in the sink, sewer, on the ground or in the trash.
EH&S is responsible for collecting hazardous waste and preparing it for shipment to an approved hazardous waste disposal facility.

Waste products must be clearly labeled with the complete names of the contents and they must be stored in non-leaking, safe containers. EH&S may be contacted for pickup by calling 599-3442 and giving the name of the products to be picked up, the location, the person in charge of the area, his/her phone number and the approximate quantity of the materials to be picked up.
By law, the University is required to strive to reduce the amount of hazardous waste it generates; therefore, University departments should take the following measures:
  • Buy only the amount of hazardous materials that can be used before the expiration date of the material.
  • Use up the hazardous material by using it for the purpose for which it was intended.
  • Determine if someone else in the department has a legitimate need for the product.

Hazardous materials must be stored based on their compatibility not simply in alphabetical order. Store materials of the same hazard together, i.e. flammables with flammables, and oxidizers with oxidizers.
Hazardous substances should be stored in an orderly manner with older products most accessible and the newer products least accessible.

Good housekeeping must be practiced in areas where hazardous products are stored.

All hazardous materials must be properly labeled including their exact contents, hazardous properties, date of receipt, and if appropriate, date of expiration.

Hazardous substances should be stored in original containers packaged by the manufacturer. If this is not practical, these products should be transferred according to manufacturers' recommendations into containers that are constructed to withstand the effects of the product over the maximum storage time.

Incompatible materials must be stored such that they may not come in contact with each other.

If you have any questions about the safe handling, storage, transport or disposal of your hazardous wastes please contact the Department of Environmental Health and Safety.