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Idaho State University

Hazardous and Infectious Waste

In 1976, Congress enacted the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) to protect human health and the environment from improper hazardous waste management practices.

Idaho State University falls under RCRA and other environmental laws and regulations, including the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act (SARA), Clean Water Act (CWA), Clean Air Act (CAA), Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA), and Idaho General Safety Code One.

Hazardous and Infectious Waste Management at ISU is conducted by the Enviromental Health and Safety offices.

Hazardous or Infectious Waste Pickup Request

TSO will assist departments and laboratories with hazardous and infectious waste pickups. Be prepared to provide the following information when you open the EHS Waste Pick-Up Form.

Use these definitions for choosing Type of Waste on the Waste Pickup Request:

Types of Waste
Biohazard= Biohazardous waste is commonly referred to as Infectious waste. Biohazard waste includes disease-causing organisms, cell culture or other sample containers; pathogen samples; tissue samples
Hazardous= Substances labeled with OSHA Hazard Pictograms or know to be hazardous by reading the Safety Data Sheet (formerly MSDS). May also include paint.
Radioactive= Materials emitting one or more of the three types of radiation: alpha, beta and gamma. Includes both emitting sources and exposed substances.
Universal= EPA’s universal waste regulations designate “universal wastes” to include batteries; pesticides; mercury-containing equipment; light bulbs.


Hazardous and Infectious Waste Training and Reference Materials

Please note that this training material is intended for use at ISU. If this material is used anywhere else, neither the University, nor its authors accept responsibility for its content.

OSHA Hazard Communication “Quick Cards”: