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					                                                                                                                                                   Chemicals
                                                              Moreton Bay Research Station                                                  Clinical and Related Waste
                                                        Environmental Management System (EMS)                                                     Animal Waste

                                                  Guide to Laboratory Waste Disposal                                                            Radioactive Waste




                                                                  Are the contents of the
                                                                                                           No                     Refer to EMS Manual or talk
                                                                      waste known?                                           to your Supervisor or MBRS Manager.

                                                                                                                         EMS Manuals are located in each MBRS Labora-
                                                                                Yes                                      tory, as well as the Library.

                                                          Is the chemical or waste dangerous                             Website: www.pf.uq.edu.au/ems.html
                                                                                                                         Select Moreton Bay Research Station EMS Manual
                                                             to handle in its current state?
                                                 Consider:
                                                 1. Will it react violently if in contact with air, water or moisture?
                              Yes                                                                                                  No
                                                 2. Will it explode/react if dropped?
                                                 3. Is the current packaging damaged?


   There is no defined procedure for these types of waste. Each                                        Select from one of the waste categories on Page 2:
   waste must be addressed on an individual basis.
                                                                                                       !    Chemical Waste
   ! Refer to: http://hazsafety.pf.uq.edu.au/chemwaste/index.html                                      !    Clinical and Related (Pathological) Waste
   and/or                                                                                              !    AnimalWaste
   ! Consult MSDS information for this chemical waste.
                                                                                                       !    Radioactive Waste.
   ! Follow MSDS directions for correct disposal of waste.
   ! In addition to any other information given in MSDS, waste must
        also be handled as follows:
        1 Packaging labelled with appropriate dangerous goods diamond.                                  For General Waste and Recycling procedures -
        2 Contents and concentration listed.
                                                                                                        refer to website above and/or Recycling Guide.
        3 Name of person and generating department listed.
   For further information, email Chemical Store Manager at
   chemwaste@uq.edu.au.



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                                                                                                                                                       Chemicals
                                                            Moreton Bay Research Station
                                                                                                                                                Clinical and Related Waste
                                                      Environmental Management System (EMS)
                                                                                                                                                      Animal Waste
                                                      Guide to Laboratory Waste Disposal                                                            Radioactive Waste




                                                                             Waste Streams



                 Chemical                      Clinical and Related                                   Animal Waste                             Radioactive
                  Waste                               Waste                                                                                      Waste
 Any waste of a chemical nature that       Waste of an infectious or contaminated          Waste of a biological nature, which           Wastes which because of their
 has the potential to pose a chemical      nature. Pathological substances are sub-        has the potential to cause harm by            radioactive content may require
                                           stances that act as a source, host or carrier
 threat to health, safety and/or the en-                                                   acting as pathological waste, while           specific management arrange-
                                           of disease.
 vironment, or is chemically hazard-                                                       undergoing decomposition.                     ment.
 ous.                                      Scope:
                                           ! Clinical wastes                               Scope:                                        Scope:
 Scope:                                    ! Any disposable laboratory consumables         ! Animal carcasses, limbs and tissue that     ! Solvent-based liquid scintillants
 ! Sewerable chemicals                       that may have been contaminated by              are not infectious or contaminated.         ! Water-based liquid scintillants
                                             Clinical wastes                               ! Used animal litter and foodstuffs that
 ! Inert solids                                                                                                                          ! Radioactive glass and vials
                                           ! Sharps
 ! Collection of non-sewerable liquid      ! Pharmaceuticals
                                                                                             are not infectious or contaminated.         ! Dry materials (including con-
   wastes                                                                                  ! Faeces that is not infectious or contami-     taminated clothing)
                                           ! Fixed tissue and histology sections
   Collection of non-sewerable solid       ! Animal carcasses and cage linings only
                                                                                             nated.                                      ! Chemical reagents.
   wastes                                    if they are infectious or contaminated
 ! Labelling chemical wastes               ! Infectious or contaminated faeces.
 ! Waste Manifests
 ! Collection procedures
 ! Common wastes in the work area.




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                                                                                                                                                           Chemicals
                                                                               Moreton Bay Research Station
                                                                                                                                                    Clinical and Related Waste
                                                                         Environmental Management System (EMS)
                                                                                                                                                          Animal Waste
                                                                   Guide to Laboratory Waste Disposal                                                   Radioactive Waste




                                                                              Chemical Waste
                                   Liquid Chemical Waste
                           No liquid chemical waste is to be disposed of to                                                 Solid Chemical Waste
                                sewer at Moreton Bay Research Station


                     ! Email University Chemical Store to request containers at                        ! Waste must be sealed in an appropriate and suitable con-
                          chemwaste@uq.edu.au.                                                          tainer (refer to MSDS).
                     ! Check container has appropriate label printed and attached.                     ! The container should be labelled with:
                     ! Ensure only one ‘individually generated’ waste is placed in                       1. Concentration of each ingredient.
                       each container.                                                                   2. Generator’s name, phone number and school/centre.
                     ! Print in pencil on the label:                                                     3. Storage and handling obligations.
                       1. Concentration of each ingredient.                                              4. Date.
                       2. Generator’s name, phone number and school/centre.                            ! Chemical waste containers must be removed from
                       3. Storage and handling obligations.                                             Moreton Bay Research Station for disposal at the Univer-
                       4. Date.                                                                         sity’s Chemical Store or other appropriate disposal loca-
                     ! Chemical waste containers must be removed from Moreton                           tion.
                       Bay Research Station for disposal at the University’s
                       Chemical Store or other appropriate disposal location.
                                                                                Disposal of Chemical Wastes

                                                    USERS MUST REMOVE ALL CHEMICAL WASTE FROM ISLAND.
                                                    It must be transported in the following manner:
                                                    ! Chemical wastes must be held in appropriate containers and appropriately labelled.
                                                    ! The total volume of chemical waste being transported must not exceed 250kg.
                                                    ! Chemical wastes must be segregated as required by AS2243.10:2004
                                                    ! Any vehicle used to transport the waste must be a University owned and marked vehicle.
                                                    ! Any vehicle used to transport the waste must carry sufficient equipment to clean up any
                                                      spill as a result of an accident or spill.
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                                                                                                                                                   Chemicals
                                                                 Moreton Bay Research Station
                                                           Environmental Management System (EMS)                                            Clinical and Related Waste


                                                       Guide to Laboratory Waste Disposal                                                         Animal Waste

                                                                                                                                                Radioactive Waste




                                                       Clinical and Related Wastes
                                                                             Is it clinical waste?
                                         Yes                                                                                          No
                                                                (Waste of an infectious or contaminated nature.
                                                                Pathological substances are substances that act as
                                                                a source, host or carrier of disease.)

                   Yes          Is the waste sharps?              No                                                       Can it be perceived as a
                                                                                                                          clinical waste (e.g. rubber
                                                                                                                          gloves, lab coats, etc?)
 ! Place waste into yellow Sharps container.
 ! Container to be labelled as Clinical Waste.

                                                       Does the waste require autoclaving?                                 Yes                       No
                                                       Refer to: Office of Gene Technology Regulations
                                            Yes                  AS/NZS 2243.3:2002                           No
                                                                 Conditions on AQIS Permits
                                                                                                                     ! Place into yellow      ! Place into
                                                                                                                       Clinical and Re-         General waste
   ! Follow departmental procedures for
                                                  ! Place into yellow bins with yellow liners. The bins                lated waste liners       bins.
     autoclaving.
                                                    must be labelled as ‘Clinical Waste’.                              and bins.
   ! Ensure waste is in yellow autoclave
     bags.                                        ! Liners should only be filled to two-thirds capacity or
                                                    6kg, whichever is the lesser.
                                                  ! Remove the filled liners, seal them, and place in dedi-
                                                    cated refrigerated storage that must be locked at all
                                                    times.
                                                  ! Users must remove their Clinical and Related Waste
                                                    from the island when they leave.



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                                                                                                                                    Chemicals

                                                       Moreton Bay Research Station                                        Clinical and Related Waste

                                                 Environmental Management System (EMS)                                             Animal Waste

                                             Guide to Laboratory Waste Disposal                                                  Radioactive Waste




                                                        Animal Waste
    Transporters of Animal
                Waste                                                                                     ! Dispose of as Clinical and Related
                                                      Is the material free of any infec-
! When generating Animal               Yes                                                          No         waste
                                                      tious or contaminated material?                     or
  waste away from the MBRS
  site, the following must be                                                                             ! Cytotoxic Drugs and Related waste
                                                                                                               as appropriate.
  adhered to:
! The waste shall be trans-
  ported directly to MBRS                                   Collection
  from the source of genera-      ! All animal waste will be placed and sealed in a plastic bag.
  tion.                             The bag may be of any type, but shall not be coloured red,
! If the travel time to MBRS is     yellow or purple (as these indicate waste of a hazardous na-
  less than 4 hours, the waste      ture).
  shall be kept well insulated.   ! To minimise the use of plastic bags, as much animal waste as
! If the travel time to MBRS        possible should be placed in the same bag from any given                        Disposal
  exceeds 4 hours, the waste        laboratory work.                                                     ! All animal waste shall be
  shall be kept chilled.          ! The bag shall be placed into a closable container marked as            placed in a general waste bin
                                    “Animal Waste” within a freezer. The container must be in              on the day of collection.
                                    sound condition and closed.
                                  ! The container shall be placed in a dedicated area for animal
                                    waste.
                                  ! The container shall not be placed in a freezer used for stor-
                                    age of food for human consumption.

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                                                                                                                           Chemicals
                                                       Moreton Bay Research Station
                                                                                                                    Clinical and Related Waste
                                                 Environmental Management System (EMS)
                                                                                                                          Animal Waste
                                             Guide to Laboratory Waste Disposal                                         Radioactive Waste




                                                    Radioactive Waste
                                             Note: all radioactive stock solutions and waste must
                                             be removed from the research station following use.



                                                Transportation to and from Moreton Bay
                                                Research Station

                                                ! All radioactive materials must be transported
                                                  in compliance with the Code of Practice for
Researchers from the University of                Safe Transport of Radioactive Materials
                                                  (2001).                                            ! Researchers from other institutions
Queensland must return all radioactive
                                                ! If materials exceed the prescription levels for     must return radioactive sources and
materials to their St Lucia (or other cam-
                                                  radioactive substances then users will need to      wastes to their own institutions or
pus) laboratory facilities for any addi-
                                                  hold licences for transport in addition to use.     make arrangements for disposal or
tional treatment or storage prior to dis-
                                                                                                      storage with a University of Queens-
posal in accordance with the requirements
                                                                                                      land School or Centre with appropri-
of the following:
                                                                                                      ate facilities.
! EMS Radioactive Waste Operating Pro-
  cedure
! OHS Unit’s Guideline for Management                  Disposal of Packaging Material
  of Unsealed Radioactive Wastes.
                                              ! Before discarding old containers or packages that
                                                formerly contained radioactive materials, it is
                                                essential that any radiation labels be removed or
                                                effectively obliterated by the user so that unnec-
                                                essary alarm is not caused.
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                                                                                                                                                 Chemicals
                                                                          Moreton Bay Research Station
                                                                                                                                          Clinical and Related Waste
                                                                    Environmental Management System (EMS)
                                                                                                                                                Animal Waste
                                                        Guide to Freshwater and Saltwater Disposal                                            Radioactive Waste




                            Freshwater Disposal                                                                     Saltwater Disposal
             Water supplied from any of the following sources are town                              Saltwater which is drawn directly from Moreton Bay is supplied
             water (freshwater) supply:                                                             in two laboratory areas in one of two ways:

             • All taps (except for plastic taps in labs)                                           • Plastic tap fixtures over sinks
             • Showers, toilets and other ablution systems                                          • Dedicated piping systems to aquariums and other plant and
                                                                                                      equipment
             Freshwater can be disposed of through stormwater, infiltration
             and sewage.                                                                            No chemicals to be disposed of through the saltwater system.




         STORMWATER                                             INFILTRATION                          Saltwater must be disposed of in one of three ways:

 All waters disposed of external to the building        Infiltration occurs through soils and ex-     • Specially marked sinks
 (eg. concreted apron at the rear of the research       posed land where stormwater is taken          • Specially marked floor wastes
 station) discharges to the stormwater system.          into the soil. This water may break           • By the saltwater circulation system for the aquariums
                                                        through and flow to Moreton Bay or
 All stormwater discharges to Moreton Bay.              enter the groundwater system.                 Any discharges of saltwater from the Moreton Bay Re-
 No chemicals (used in research programs) are                                                         search Station must adhere to the Saltwater Environmental
 to be flushed, poured or in any way discharged         No waters, except clean stormwater (ie.       Goals. Please refer to the Environmental Management
 to the stormwater system.                              rainfall straight from rooves) or water       System (EMS) Manual Section 10B for further details.
                                                        used for maintaining the landscaping,
 Washing of vehicles (boats and cars) where             shall be discharged to any landscaped         If the saltwater does not meet these requirements should be
 possible, should exclude the use of detergents,        areas.                                        disposed of through the chemical waste system.
 etc. (Refer to Boating and Vehicle operations
 for further detail.)

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