Chemical Safety and Hazadous Materials

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) regulates the handling and disposal of hazardous waste. Chemical Inventory Management is required by the Workplace Right to Know “Public Employee Hazardous Chemical Protection and Right to Know Act of 1988”. EHS ensures that all KSU operations are in compliance with these regulations. Various University activities, particularly science labs, visual art studios, maintenance shops, and grounds-keeping operations, generate various types of hazardous wastes, including spent solvents, acids and bases, heavy metals, paints, oils, and unused chemicals. University personnel who generate hazardous waste must ensure that the wastes they generate are properly managed in accordance with the University’s Hazardous Waste Management Procedures. KSU uses the Chematix Chemical Management System for chemical tracking as well as procurement and waste management. Chemicals are tracked from purchase to disposal through the system. Programs in this area are listed below:

Chemical Purchases Review and Approvals

Chemical Emergency Response

Chemical Inventory Management

Hazard Communication (Right to Know)

Hazardous Waste Management

Respiratory Protection

Universal Waste Management

Battery Waste Management