Administrative Officials, Chairs, and Directors of Activities shall ensure that
· employees within their respective units comply with applicable federal and state laws/regulations and related University policy when disposing of hazardous materials;
· employees are provided with training required by applicable laws/regulations and related University policy;
· transportation and disposal of hazardous waste, radioactive waste, and biohazardous waste is only performed by contractors approved by Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S);
· costs associated with generation of hazardous waste, radioactive waste, or biohazardous waste are paid by generating units; and
· costs associated with regulatory non-compliance, including civil and criminal penalties and fees imposed by the governments of the United States and/or the State of Tennessee, are paid by the responsible units.
Administrative officials, chairs, and directors of activities for units that generate and/or ship hazardous waste are hereby granted authority to, and responsibility for, signing hazardous waste annual reports, off-site shipping reports, remediation reports, and similar documents required by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation and/or the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
· comply with applicable federal and state laws/regulations and University policy when disposing of hazardous materials;
· complete annual training offered through EH&S or another entity approved by EH&S prior to generating, packaging, managing, or disposing of hazardous waste;
· determine, at the point of generation (i.e., the lab, shop, studio, or work site), if a material destined for disposal is a hazardous waste, radioactive waste, or biohazardous waste prior to its disposal;
· ensure that a waste is never placed in the building solid waste (trash) or introduced into the sanitary sewer unless it has been determined that the material is acceptable for disposal through such means; and
· ensure that no waste material is introduced into storm drains.
Environmental Health and Safety
EH&S shall issue a Guide to Hazardous Waste Management that shall serve as a supplement to this policy and shall have the authority of policy. EH&S shall have authority to inspect all University facilities where hazardous materials are used, stored, or produced, including facilities used by, but not owned by, the University.
Where academic units are determined by EH&S to have an acceptable compliance program, EH&S shall pay disposal costs and shall reimburse units for annual generation fees, off-site shipping fees, and remediation fees associated with hazardous and radioactive waste.