The recent concerns in environmental issues have caused increased legislative controls and accountability regarding waste disposal. All hazardous waste generators must be registered with Department of Environment and ensure proper disposal procedures for designated hazardous materials.
Waste Management: refers to the procedural steps to properly dispose of materials or items including those that are considered potentially hazardous. These steps would include proper methods to identify, store, centralize and transport waste for the purpose of re-use, distribution, re-cycling and/or disposal.
Hazardous Waste: refers to all potentially hazardous materials, chemicals or items considered to be of no practical use within the college, or not used frequently enough to warrant storage and the risks and liabilities associated with such storage. Also all materials, chemicals and/or items considered to be waste; or contaminated, thus altering its original state/ and designated for recycling or disposal (ie. oils, solvents, sharps, animal matter, etc.); and a controlled product that is intended SOLELY for disposal or is sold ONLY for recycling or recovery.
1. Departments must adhere to proper disposal methods for each waste type.
2. Care must be taken to isolate and clearly identify sharp and hazardous wastes.
3. Hazardous Wastes must be disposed of according to specific procedures and never left custodial staff.
4. Departments which generate hazardous wastes must ensure each classification type is identified in the College’s General Registration Permit by contacting the College’s Environmental Health and Safety Services in C5-07.
5. When processes require disposal of newly created hazardous waste types, the generating department must consult with the College’s Environmental Health and Safety Services or Workplace Safety and Health Committee to revise the Generator Registration Permit.
6. Proper labelling and storage of hazardous waste is the responsibility of the generating department. A proper collection container for each waste type is required. The container must be sealed with a removable top and clearly labelled:
- as to contents (the product identifier for each waste included)
- as a "hazardous waste"
- indicating physical state (ie. liquid, etc.)
- information for the safe handling of the hazardous waste
- a statement indicating where a Material Safety Data Sheet for each controlled product contained in the hazardous waste is available.
There are several options available when labelling containers involving special circumstances - check with the Environmental Health and Safety Services. Phone 632-2395 or email the department.
7. Before any hazardous wastes are removed, properly labelled containers are to be stored securely where generated, and an "Unwanted Chemical & Waste Disposal and Transportation Waybill: CV/Aug 92 must be completed and forwarded to Environmental Health and Safety Services. This will serve as an inventory and will be used when tendering disposal contracts to registered disposal companies. Refer to the waybill as a guide in distinguishing waste type and proper route for disposal. All hazardous materials will be closely monitored by the College’s safety department to ensure uniform disposal and legal compliance.
8. Staff shipping and/or receiving hazardous materials are required to have valid certification and training in Transportation of Dangerous Goods (TDG) Legislation.
9. Transportation Waybills and shipping documents of Hazardous Materials must be filed and retained for two years by Central Supply. Departments which directly receive commodities regulate by TDG legislation will forward related documentation to Central Supply for filing.
10. Biohazardous Infectious Sharps disposal methods are governed by a City of Winnipeg By-law #6001/92. RRC sharps are disposed of through contractual agreement with an approved commercial carrier.
11. All questions should be referred to the Environmental Health and Safety Services