If you are working in a research facility, there should be specific containers labeled for the disposal of sharps. Please contact your laboratory safety contact if you are unsure about where to locate these containers. Reference the Sharps Fact Sheet for questions about handling and disposal.
Tang Center pharmacy now has a prescription disposal bin open to the public.
The pharmacy is open:
Weekdays (M-F): 8:30am-6pm
Saturday: 9am-12:30pm & 1-5pm
What types of medicine are accepted?
- Unused and/or expired prescription medication and over-the-counter drugs
- Pet medicine
- Liquids and creams
Is there anything that can’t put in the bin?
Home Generated Batteries
UC employees should take their home-generated batteries to their community recycling center rather than disposing of them on campus.
Drop off locations may be found by calling the local health department, garbage company or by clicking here. http://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/Publiced/Earths911.htm
Campus Generated Batteries
Potentially Explosive Chemicals (PECs) include peroxidizable organic chemicals which oxidize, dry out or otherwise destabilize over time. Examples include isopropyl ether, sodium amide and picric acid. Old or mismanaged chemicals and can pose a serious threat to the health and safety of laboratory personnel, emergency responders, building occupants and chemical waste handlers.
For additional information, contact Andrew Fletcher at (510) 643-9254 or email@example.com
Hazardous materials shipments are regulated by numerous government agencies and non-government organizations. Shipping hazardous materials requires meeting complex regulations. Failure to meet these regulations has potential public safety implications and each violation of a regulation may result in the following:
If it's a life-threatening situation, evacuate the area and call 911.
- During business hours: Contact EH&S at (510) 642-3073 and press "1" when prompted to talk to a live person.
- After-Hours: Contact UCPD at (510) 642-3333 or 911.
- If you have been trained (with documentation) on proper spill clean-up procedures and are familiar with the hazards of the chemical you may clean it up yourself.
Access to Chemical Inventory System (CIS) and a color printer is required to print a placard. Contact Russ Blackmar at firstname.lastname@example.org or (510) 643-8187 with questions or concerns about access to CIS.
To print a placard:
Log into CIS (using your CalNet ID). You will then see your ‘Locations’, listing the rooms in your group.
A Chemical Exchange Service for UC Berkeley Faculty and Staff
This program and web site is currently under construction thanks to a grant from The Green Initiative Fund.
If you have questions or would like to donate your chemicals to the reuse program, please call the CHEX administrator at (510) 643-7195 or send an e-mail to email@example.com.
Safety data sheets are the best source of information regarding the hazards, emergency response, and protective measures for any hazardous material.
Manufacturers are always the most reliable sources for SDSs, and the UC system has provided its researchers with ucsds.com, a systemwide website created to help locate SDSs and other chemical safety information.
No hazardous materials may be shipped from campus without consulting with an EH&S Hazardous Materials Shipping Specialist. Contact David Scrimger at (510) 812-0269 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are unsure if your material is allowed to be shipped, contact EH&S.
Regulated Hazardous Materials include: