Urgent Notice!

Your lab/shop has an unprecedented opportunity to do some serious “Spring Cleaning” when it comes to getting rid of old and unwanted chemicals at no cost to the department!
One of the recommendations from the recent voluntary audit of Tulane’s Environmental Health and Safety program included the disposal of old, unused, or unwanted chemicals.  As a result, the Office of Environmental Health and Safety (OEHS) received additional funding for a university-wide chemical cleanout.  The chemical cleanout is tentatively scheduled for the end of May, so you need to act fast.
OEHS has asked each department to designate a single point of contact for the cleanout.  Each department also has been asked to provide a designated holding area where these unwanted chemicals can be consolidated.   Please check with your department chair or department safety representative to find out who the point of contact is for your department and where the designated holding area for your department is located.  The attached “Unwanted Chemical Inventory” form must be completed and submitted to the OEHS by May 11, 2012 in order for your chemicals to be included in this cleanout.
Chemicals that MAY BE included in this cleanout include:

  • Compressed gas cylinders (full or empty)
  • Lecture bottles (full or empty)
  • Chemicals that have not been used for the past 3-5 years with no immediate plans for use
  • Unwanted chemicals
  • Chemical waste
  • Paints and solvents
  • Unknown chemicals (missing or illegible labeling)
  • Reactives
  • Mercury-containing thermometers, manometers, free mercury
  • Used oil
  • Pesticides and herbicides

Items that MAY NOT BE included in this cleanout include:

  • Medical or infectious waste
  • Sharps
  • Light bulbs
  • Batteries
  • Electronic equipment
  • Controlled substances

Please have your designated departmental liaison contact OEHS Hazardous Waste Supervisor, Michael Kopaigorodsky via email at as soon as possible to take advantage of this great opportunity.
If there are any questions about this program, please contact the OEHS at 988-5486.


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