Section 1 - Safety Resources and Phone Numbers
or other environmental emergencies
|Weekdays after 4:30 p.m., weekends and holidays||911|
|Police, Fire, Ambulance||911|
|Twin Cities Campus utility and facility problems
Building Systems Automation Center (BSAC)
|Requests for labels or waste forms.
|Hazardous Waste Generator Helpline
(Leave a message with questions regarding collection,
unknown chemical identification, labeling, packaging,
photo fixer collection, etc.)
|Animal wastes (carcass, bedding)||(612) 625-6481|
|Biohazardous wastes, sharps disposal,
medical research information
or medical wastes collection
|Radioactive wastes||(612) 626-6002|
|Solid waste disposal||(612) 624-2900|
|Solid waste and equipment recycling
|e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org||(612) 626-9152|
|Compressed gas cylinders||(612) 624-4878|
|Government regulated alcohol ordering
|Government regulated alcohol regulatory questions
(Environmental Health and Safety)
Environmental Health and Safety Specialist
|College of Agriculture Administrative Director
|Minnesota Technical Assistance Program
|Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
|Minnesota Duty Officer, Metro Area||(651) 649-5451|
|Minnesota Duty Officer, Greater Minnesota||1-800-422-0798|
|Minnesota Occupational Safety
and Health Administration
|Minnesota Department of Health||(651) 201-5000|
|Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
|U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA),
Minnesota Branch Office
We support the University of Minnesota's mission of excellence in research and discovery, teaching and learning, and outreach and public service by providing leadership, resources and services to assure a safe and healthful environment for all members of the University community.
As stewards of the University's human, physical and environmental resources, we place primary emphasis on programs that prevent accidents and minimize human exposures to hazardous agents and conditions; prevent degradation of the environment through responsible waste management and active waste reduction; prevent the spread of disease from unsanitary conditions; and conserve resources and minimize losses.
In partnership with University administrators and their departments, we will continue to develop and implement cooperative services and programs that ensure adequate employee training, monitor potentially hazardous conditions, provide health and safety resources and timely assistance, manage hazardous and radioactive wastes, and facilitate regulatory compliance.
|Department of Environmental Health and Safety:||(612) 626-6002|
|Emergencies, weekends or after 4:30 p.m. weekdays:||911|
|Fax number:||(612) 624-1949|
Thompson Center for Environmental Management,
|US Mail:||University of Minnesota
Thompson Center for Environmental Management,
501 SE 23rd Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55455
- asbestos and lead
- biohazard control
- bloodborne pathogen exposure
- chemical exposures
- emergency response
- fire and life safety
- food permits
- hazardous waste management
- indoor air quality
- laboratory safety
- MERTKA training
- MSDS access
- noise and heat stress control
- radiation protection
- respiratory protection
- sharps disposal
- spill response
DEHS offers a variety of hazardous chemical waste training resources. See the Hazardous Waste section of our training page for more information.
The Department of Environmental Health and Safety has four divisions:
- Chemical Waste Management
- Hazardous Materials Services
- Environmental Regulatory Compliance
The Chemical Waste Program is a part of The Department of Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) and is located at the Thompson Center for Environmental Management, 501-23rd Ave. SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455:Campus Mail: TCEM, 2681. We can assist you with all steps of chemical waste disposal. If you have questions or concerns, call us at (612) 626-1604.
- Asbestos and Lead Management
- Fire and Life Safety
- OSHA Compliance; Indoor Air Quality
- Public Safety
- Animal Care Review
- Laboratory Safety
- Recombinant DNA Guidelines
- Health Physics
- Radiation Protection Services
Call (612) 626-6002 for a department brochure with a complete listing of services.
The University of Minnesota processes several types of waste through different departments. Refer to the phone numbers indicated if you have questions concerning one or more of these waste streams.
For more information, call the Chemical Waste Program at (612) 626-1604
This Guidebook deals only with hazardous chemical waste generated by University of Minnesota departments, laboratories and service areas. This chemical waste is managed through a special packing, labeling, and handling system called the Chemical Waste Program and is located at the Thompson Center for Environmental Management, 501-23rd Ave. SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455.
The goals of the Chemical Waste Program are to:
- Protect health and safety. Proper evaluation, labeling, segregation, storage, and packaging protects the health and safety of all persons handling hazardous chemical waste.
- Reduce hazardous chemical waste.
The volume of hazardous chemical waste generated at the University is reduced by:
- aggressive pollution prevention at the source (e.g., product substitution and process modification - downsizing to microscale),
- recovery and reuse of certain hazardous chemicals,
- disposal of nonhazardous waste separately from hazardous chemical waste,
- redistribution of unused and reusable chemicals into teaching and research laboratories, and
- timely collection of chemical waste from University laboratories and shops.
- Comply with regulations.
Policies and procedures contained in this Guidebook are in compliance with federal, state, and local regulations regarding the packing, labeling, storage, transportation, and disposal of hazardous chemical waste at the University.
- Protect the environment.
The Chemical Waste Program provides a comprehensive, easy-to-use program for the proper redistribution, recycling, and disposal of unwanted chemicals. This reduces the amount of pollutants in our environment.
This Guidebook does not cover the disposal of nonhazardous, biohazardous, low-level radioactive, and other non-chemical waste. Please contact the departments listed below for procedures regarding the handling and disposal of these wastes.
- garbage, rubbish (normal trash disposal)
- paper, cardboard, aluminum, glass (recycle)
For more information about nonhazardous solid waste, call UMTC Facilities Management Support at (612) 625-6481 or see the Facilities Management Waste Guide. For more information about sewering nonhazardous liquid waste, call the Chemical Waste Program at (612) 626-1604.
Nonhazardous chemicals are listed as "xxNH" (DDC code) in the Chemical Waste Registry of this Guidebook(see Appendix I).
After receiving written authorization from the Chemical Waste Program, these "xxNH" compounds can be disposed of as solid waste or sewered. Nonhazardous "xxNH" chemicals mixed with hazardous waste must NEVER be sewered, trashed or evaporated.
- infectious laboratory cultures
- pathological tissue specimens
- sharps (needles and syringes, blades)
- specimens removed from preservative (preservative should be manage as a hazardous chemical waste)
For questions regarding how to properly dispose of biohazardous waste, see the University's Biohazardous and Pathological Waste Management Plan or contact UHS Biosafety at 612-626-6002 and email@example.com.
For questions regarding waste removal services for biohazardous waste, contact Facilities Management at 612-624-2900 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- radioactive solid lab waste
- radioactive aqueous based wastes
- radioactive flammable solvent based wastes
- liquid scintillation solutions
- animals injected with radioisotopes
- isotope stock vial disposal
For more information about low-level radioactive waste, call the Radiation Protection Division at (612) 626-6002.