Waste Disposal Guidelines
This guide was developed to assist campus tenants in disposal of waste materials generated by official JABSOM operations. These procedures do not apply to the disposal of personal or household wastes. Personal property should not be brought on campus for disposal since UH must pay for all wastes that are disposed of. The University of Hawaii is subject to very strict regulations regarding the disposal of almost anything. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, State of Hawaii Department of Health, City and County of Honolulu, and private landfills all have their own rules and regulations that apply to various types of waste material and these rules change frequently. Potential penalties include fines, rejection of entire loads and denial of access to the disposal facilities. Each tenant must assist in assuring that wastes are properly segregated and disposed of appropriately.
Chemical Liquid Waste
- Waste generated must be collected in screw top containers constructed of material that is compatible with the waste.
- Accumulation waste containers must be labeled.
- Do not overfill the containers.
- The exterior of the containers should be clean. If there is gross contamination of the exterior, you may have to transfer to another container or bag the container.
- Complete the Kakaako Hazardous Waste Turn-In Form and submit to JABSOM EHSO firstname.lastname@example.org.
See the link below for more information on the disposal of E-waste equipment, Research equipment/small equipment (non-Ewaste): (i.e. centrifuges, hot plates, PCR machines, microwaves, etc), and Refrigeration equipment / Commercial Equipment.)
What is an autoclave?
An autoclave, or steam sterilizer, is an insulated pressure chamber in which saturated steam is used to elevate the temperature. Autoclaves are found in research laboratories, healthcare centers and other places that require high-level disinfection.
Standard Autoclave Protocol
If you have never operated the autoclave you will be using, contact an experienced user in your laboratory for instruction on safe operation. For maintenance issues on the autoclaves, you may contact the JABSOM Facilities Office at 692-1880.
Hazardous Material & Waste
Hazard Communication Program
The University of Hawaii is committed to providing a safe and healthful environment for all employees. Consistent with this commitment, we have developed a Hazard Communication Program.
Hazardous Material & Waste Management Program (HMMP)
The Hazardous Waste Management Program (HMMP) provides information on requirements for the management of hazardous chemical materials, including the disposal of hazardous chemical waste. These requirements are based on Federal, State of Hawaii, City & County of Honolulu, and University of Hawaii regulations. Failure to comply with these requirements may subject the University and/or individuals to fines, and civil or criminal prosecution.