Managing Hazardous and Non-Hazardous Waste

The Office of Environment, Health & Safety maintains a Hazardous Waste Program (HWP) to develop hazard waste disposal procedures, provide orientation to campus personnel, monitor departmental hazardous waste operations, receive departmental waste and dispose of the waste, and evaluate all hazardous waste disposal activities. 

 Hazardous Materials Information

Helping campus units manage their hazardous materials by providing assistance with shipping, waste pick-up and disposal, and chemical inventory needs. Visit the Hazardous Materials web page to learn more about:

  • Waste disposal
  • Shipping research materials
  • Safe storage of materials
  • Managing spills
  • Safety Data Sheets
  • Chemical Inventory
  • Flammable Liquid Transfers
  • Recharge service rates 

UC Berkeley Hazardous Waste Management Policy

In compliance with appropriate local, State and Federal statutes and regulations, the UC Berkeley Hazardous Waste Management Policy addresses the University's commitment to effective hazardous waste management. Compliance with this Policy is mandatory for all Campus personnel. Learn more about hazardous materials management and compliance.

Employee & Management Responsibility

Employee Responsibility

Employees are responsible for observing the EH&S hazardous waste procedures, using prescribed personal protective equipment, and promptly reporting accidents or conditions that could result in improper disposal of hazardous materials. Any questions should be directed to their supervisors or to EH&S.

Management Responsibility

All levels of management have the responsibility for implementing the hazardous waste policies. Deans, Directors, Department Chairs, and Principal Investigators are responsible for conducting all activities in a safe manner. This responsibility includes safe and proper disposal of hazardous materials.

Deans, Directors, Department Chairs, and Principal Investigators are expected to develop and to follow procedures for the safe handling and disposal of hazardous wates. Every effort should be made to minimize the waste volume produced.

Managers and supervisors are responsible for enforcing these procedures at all times in areas under their jurisdiction. Violators of laws and regulations may be subject to fines, University disciplinary action and other legal sanctions.