Regulated medical waste (RMW) is commonly referred to as biohazard waste. It is important to note that RMW is regulated by the Department of Transportation and we must adhere to the procedures outlined below regarding its proper disposal.
The following items are defined as biohazardous waste and may be disposed of in a regulated medical waste box:
- Waste from animals that have been intentionally exposed to pathogens or body parts that have been exposed to recombinant DNA
- Synthetic or recombinant DNA/RNA waste
- Bulk human blood or byproducts or human bodily fluids
- PPE or culture dishes that have been contaminated with a biohazard
- Pathological waste
Sharps must be placed in a sharps container and properly shut prior to adding it to a regulated medical waste container.
If you are unsure of what can or cannot disposed of using a RMW container, please contact us. To request our waste removal service, please submit a Biohazard Waste Pickup Form.
We will collect hazardous chemical waste, but each department is responsible for submitting a Chemical Waste Pickup Form for tracking and auditing purposes.
The following rules must be complied with for EHS to arrange for chemical waste pickup:
You must submit the form above and answer any questions EHS asks you regarding the material to be collected.
Each container must be properly labeled and clearly identify the contents with a chemical name (no formulae or abbreviations.
Package materials in sturdy cardboard boxes, plastic waste containers, or other containers specifically designed for the material.
Incompatible materials shall be segregated in separate boxes (e.g., acids/bases, organics/oxidizers, flammable liquids/oxidizers).
Unknowns and high-hazard materials such as cyanides, organix peroxides, pyrophorics, water reactives, and explosives must be packaged separately regardless of quantity.
If you have questions on the proper disposal of hazardous materials or wastes, please contact us.
Training and Inspections
EH&S offers the following training opportunities to the Trinity campus community:
- Workplace Safety Training
- Fire Extinguisher Training
- Golf Cart Training
Inspections are done for the following:
- AED Inspection
- Fire Extinguisher Inspection
- Eyewash / Safety Shower Inspection
Fire Extinguisher Loans
If you are having an event on campus that will involve combustible or flammable material (i.e. grilling), please complete the Fire Extinguisher Loan Agreement to borrow a fire extinguisher. This form must be submitted at least 2 business days prior to your event and the loaned extinguisher must be returned to EHS within 3 business days after the event.
Indoor Air Quality Assessment
EHS has established standard procedures for the management of indoor air quality concerns. Any air quality concerns that potentially pose an immediate threat to personal health and safety must be reported to the Trinity University Policy Department at 210-999-7000 or by calling 9-1-1.
Please contact Facilities Services to submit a work order for temperature or humidity concerns or to report particulates coming from HVAC ventilation.
Please contact us for any concern related to potential mold spores, mildew, persistent moisture, or slime that does not have an obvious source of origination.
Ergonomics involves designing and arranging work spaces so people work efficiently and safely. It is used to evaluate how you do tasks and to help identify risk factors that might lead to injury over time. Once identified, the next step is to find the best solution to eliminate risks or mitigate hazards.
We provide the following ergonomic assessments:
- Rapid Entire Body Assessment (REBA)
- Rapid Upper Limb Assessment (RULA)
- Snook Tables
- NIOSH Lifting Equation
EHS does not supply, purchase, or install any equipment that may be recommended as a result of an assessment. The purchase of any recommended office equipment is at the discretion of the respective division or department of employment.
To promote safe lab practices, we evaluate all laboratories and shops that use hazardous materials and generate hazardous waste. EHS assists campus laboratories and shops in complying with federal, state, local, and institutional requirements.
Evaluations ensure that:
- Laboratory safety practices are followed
- Chemicals are labeled and stored properly
- Hazardous waste is being collected and disposed of properly
- Safety equipment is present and tested
- Proper personal protective equipment (PPE) is worn
- Good housekeeping practices are followed
If you have any questions or suggestions regarding our evaluation process, please contact us.