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Oil Handling

Proper oil management is crucial for environmental sustainability and safety. Our EHSS team ensures the secure handling and disposal of oil, emphasizing responsible practices. To dispose of oil, enter it as hazardous waste in Campus Optics, our comprehensive system for tracking and managing hazardous materials.

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Used oil is generated by laboratories from vacuum pumps, other lab equipment, Technology Programs, and general campus operations. Used oil should not be mixed with any other chemical waste. This allows the university to segregate and recycle the oil as well as operate with less stringent regulations.

Used oil should be clearly labeled with the words “used oil." Do not use any other words in place of use, such as "spent" or "waste." EHS can provide used oil labels, which should be placed on all containers for used oil accumulation. Containers can also be stenciled using the words "used oil." Generators of used oil should inform EHS if the used oil could contain PCBs. PCBs are polychlorinated biphenyls and are often present in older pieces of electrical machinery. 

All used oil generated on Idaho State campuses must be disposed of through EHS. EHS maintains a list of certified recyclers of used oil. If you have questions in regards to oil disposal please contact us at 208-282-2310 or submit the hazardous waste pick up.

The Pocatello campus has a Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasures Plan. The purpose of this Plan is to prevent the discharge of oils to waters of the US. This Plan is maintained in the EHS Office. All personnel handling oil are required to have annual SPCC training.