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Health and Safety Directorate

Hazardous Waste

QMUL has a legal obligation to dispose of all waste produced through its activities as defined in The Waste Regulations 2011 and The Hazardous Waste Regulations 2005.  Responsibility for the management arrangements is shared between Sustainability (Estates and Facilities) and the Health and Safety Directorate; all members of QMUL have a duty of care to comply with these.  Hazardous waste must NOT be put into the University general waste collections, it is illegal to mix hazardous and non-hazardous waste.

Waste: Any substance or object which the holder discards, or intends to discard, or is required to discard.

Hazardous Waste: Waste is considered 'hazardous' under environmental legislation when it contains substances or has properties that might make it harmful to human health or the environment. This does not necessarily mean it is an immediate risk to human health, although some waste can be.

All waste producers at QMUL have a legal responsibility to ensure that waste is classified, segregated, stored, transported and disposed of without harming people or the environment. This is your legal “duty of care’’.

Duty of Care: The duty of care applies to anyone who imports, produces, carries, keeps, treats, disposes of, or has control of, hazardous waste.

Collection of waste:  All hazardous waste leaving QMUL must be collected by a registered and authorised waste carrier approved by HSD and/or Sustainability (Estates and Facilities).

The following hazardous laboratory wastes at QMUL must be disposed of in accordance with specified QMUL procedures for various types of waste.

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