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Section 1 - Safety Resources and Phone Numbers

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University Waste Management Telephone Directory

Emergency Numbers
Chemical Waste Program
Non-chemical Waste Management
University Storehouse
Crookston
Duluth
Morris
Experiment Stations
Other Agencies

Department of Environmental Health and Safety

Mission Statement
Directory
Services
Training and Resources
Department Organization

U of M Waste System Overview

Hazardous Chemical Waste
Nonhazardous Waste
Biohazardous Waste
Low-Level Radioactive Waste

University Waste Management Telephone Directory

Emergency Numbers


Chemical spills
or other environmental emergencies
(612) 626-6002
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)
(612) 625-0011

Chemical Waste Program


Requests for labels, waste forms,
or additional Guidebooks
e-mail: hazwaste@umn.edu
(612) 624-6060
Hazardous Waste Generator Helpline
(Leave a message with questions regarding collection,
unknown chemical identification, labeling, packaging,
photo fixer collection, etc.)
e-mail: hazwaste@umn.edu
(612) 626-1604
Chemical Redistribution
e-mail: chemrcyc@.umn.edu
(612) 626-1859

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Non-chemical Waste Management


Animal wastes (carcass, bedding) (612) 625-6481
Biohazardous wastes, sharps disposal,
medical research information
(612) 624-5479
Biohazardous, sharps
or medical wastes collection
(612) 624-5479
Radioactive wastes (612) 626-6002
Solid waste disposal (612) 624-2900
Solid waste and equipment recycling
e-mail: recycle@umn.edu
(612) 625-8084

Reuse Program


e-mail: reuse@umn.edu (612) 626-9152

University Market Services


e-mail: umarket@umn.edu  
Compressed gas cylinders (612) 624-4878
Government regulated alcohol ordering
(University Storehouse)
(612) 624-4878
Government regulated alcohol regulatory questions
(Environmental Health and Safety)
(612) 626-6002

Crookston


Tom Fiero
Environmental Health & Safety Specialist
e-mail: tfeiro@umn.edu

(218) 281-8300

Duluth


Majoub Labyad
Andrew Kimball
Environmental Health and Safety Office
e-mail: ehso@d.umn.edu

(218) 726-7139

Morris


Dale Livingston
Environmental Health and Safety Specialist
e-mail: livingda@morris.umn.edu
(612) 589-6106

Experiment Stations


College of Agriculture Administrative Director
e-mail: warnk001@umn.edu
(612) 625-1228

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Other Agencies


Minnesota Technical Assistance Program
(MnTAP)
(612) 624-1300
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
(MPCA)
(651) 296-6300
Minnesota Duty Officer, Metro Area (651) 649-5451
Minnesota Duty Officer, Greater Minnesota 1-800-422-0798
Minnesota Occupational Safety
and Health Administration
(612) 296-2116
Minnesota Department of Health (651) 201-5000
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
(DNR)
(651) 296-6157
U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA),
Minnesota Branch Office
(612) 344-4100

Department of Environmental Health and Safety

Mission Statement

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.

Directory:


Department of Environmental Health and Safety: (612) 626-6002
Emergencies, weekends or after 4:30 p.m. weekdays: 911
Fax number: (612) 624-1949
Campus Mail: W-140 Boynton Health Service 1171
US Mail: 410 Church Street SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455

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Services

Training and Resources

DEHS offers a variety of hazardous chemical waste training resources. See the Hazardous Waste section of our training page for more information.

Department Organization

The Department of Environmental Health and Safety has four divisions:

Hazardous Waste Division

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) 624-1604.

Industrial Hygiene and Safety Division

Public and Occupational Health Division

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Radiation Protection Division

Call (612) 626-6002 for a department brochure with a complete listing of services.

U of M Waste System Overview

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

Hazardous Chemical Waste

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:

  1. Protect health and safety. Proper evaluation, labeling, segregation, storage, and packaging protects the health and safety of all persons handling hazardous chemical waste.
  2. Reduce hazardous chemical waste. The volume of hazardous chemical waste generated at the University is reduced by:
    1. aggressive pollution prevention at the source (e.g., product substitution and process modification - downsizing to microscale),
    2. recovery and reuse of certain hazardous chemicals,
    3. disposal of nonhazardous waste separately from hazardous chemical waste,
    4. redistribution of unused and reusable chemicals into teaching and research laboratories, and
    5. timely collection of chemical waste from University laboratories and shops.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

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Nonhazardous Waste

For more information about nonhazardous solid waste, call UMTC Facilities Management Support at (612) 625-6481. 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.

Biohazardous Waste

For more information about biohazardous waste, call the University Biosafety Officer at (612) 624-5479. For collection of biohazardous waste, call UMTC Facilities Management Support at (612) 625-6481.

Low-Level Radioactive Waste

For more information about low-level radioactive waste, call the Radiation Protection Division at (612) 626-6002.

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