Keep Fermilab clean: handling chemical waste at the lab

Fermilab integrates environmental considerations in everything we do, including practicing sound waste reduction practices. Photo: Chris Greer, Fermilab

Fermilab integrates environmental considerations into everything we do, including practicing sound waste reduction practices. Photo: Chris Greer, Fermilab

Fermilab generates a variety of hazardous and nonhazardous chemical wastes. The handling and disposal of these wastes are governed by state and federal regulations. In order to ensure compliance with these regulations and to help protect the environment from their impacts, we need to be sure to properly manage these wastes.

If you generate chemical wastes during a process at work, submit the Chemical Waste Certification and Pickup Form. The form will be reviewed for accuracy and the waste will be picked up.

If you generate chemical wastes during a process at work, the Hazard Control Technology Team, located at Site 40, is here to help! You must first complete the Chemical Waste Generator Training before you generate chemical waste. The training will tell you how to store the waste before pickup and how to submit the Chemical Waste Certification and Pickup Form. Once submitted to the HCT Team, the form will be reviewed for accuracy and the waste will be picked up. From there, the waste is sorted and stored at Site 55, a permitted storage site allowing larger quantities of regulated waste to be held before sending out for treatment.

We are a busy group! The HCT Team’s chemical waste responsibilities include:

  • Maintaining the online Chemical Waste Generator Training so that the information is accurate and up to date.
  • Ensuring that weekly or monthly inspections for the hazardous waste storage facility are completed and documented.
  • Inspecting satellite accumulation areas, where chemical waste generators temporarily store their chemical wastes, to ensure safe, temporary storage.
  • Purchasing, storing and delivering empty waste containers to chemical waste generators.

Dave Hockin and Amy Pavnica are the HCT Team leads. If you have questions about generation, storage or disposal of regulated wastes, please contact Dave at x4498) or Amy at x8493.

Amy Pavnica is a Hazard Control Technology Team co-lead.