The University has established programs and procedures in place designed to protect the environment.
EH&S has primary responsibility for providing guidelines regarding water, soil and air pollution prevention in compliance with applicable federal, state and local regulations. EH&S acts as the UW’s liaison with regulatory agencies.
We have many permits and guidelines in place to ensure that University activities support environmental protection and regulatory compliance with respect to stormwater management.
Pollution prevention is designed to reduce, eliminate or prevent pollution at its source. Efforts towards pollution prevention at the UW include treatment by generator, universal waste management and recycling.
Treatment by generator refers to treating your own hazardous waste, which helps the UW avoid the risk and cost of hazardous waste transport and disposal.
By law, Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S) is required to report all hazardous waste treatment at the University. If treating waste, you are required to:
- To set up a routine pickup, complete a Request New Chemical Waste Routine form.
- Your chemical waste will be assigned a routine number that will be linked to the waste composition and the pickup location.
- If you have questions about whether a waste qualifies for routine collection, email email@example.com or call 206.616.5835.
Leaking underground storage tanks (USTs) containing hazardous substances pose a threat to human health and the environment.
Leaking underground storage tanks (USTs) containing petroleum or other hazardous substances pose a threat to human health and the environment, as they can contaminate soil or groundwater, potentially contaminating drinking water aquifers.
EH&S oversees compliance activities for contaminated sites on UW properties.
Some UW properties have soil and/or groundwater contamination from past or present activities. These activities include industrial operations, dry cleaning, leaking heating oil tanks, hydraulic lifts, underground storage tanks, fuel storage or dispensing areas, improper hazardous materials storage and use, and the use of lead-based paint.
EH&S is responsible for the collection of hazardous chemical waste for the University, including all campuses and off-site locations. Hazardous chemical waste is defined as any liquid, gaseous, or solid chemical that is ignitable, corrosive, reactive, toxic, or persistent, and is no longer useful or wanted.
According to Administrative Policy Statement 11.2, organizational units and departments cannot contract with an outside vendor to collect hazardous waste.