Last Updated September 6, 2013
The following information is provided to ensure that activities in University of Connecticut laboratories (UConn Storrs, Avery Point, UCHC) are conducted in compliance with regulatory requirements and prevailing safety policies.
Prior to occupying a University lab, an Incubator company must be aware that the total volume of hazardous waste generated per month cannot exceed 220 lbs. (100 kilograms per month or 27 gallons/month). It is the direct responsibility of an Incubator company to ensure this limit is not exceeded. Exceeding this limit could result in Federal and State regulatory action. Response to any penalties and/or corrective actions imposed by regulatory authorities is the responsibility of an Incubator company and not the University.
Hazardous waste is removed by Environmental Health and Safety Staff as requested and stored separately for ultimate disposal. However, hazardous waste generated on the UCHC campus cannot be removed for storage. This is due to the fact that no hazardous waste storage facility exists on the UCHC campus. For UCHC locations, other than 400 Farmington Avenue, hazardous waste must be stored in the laboratory in compliance with applicable regulatory requirements. Upon receiving a request from an Incubator company the waste will be removed and immediately transferred to a waste contractor for disposal.
Each Incubator company must name a Chemical Hygiene Officer and have on hand a company specific Chemical Hygiene Plan.
The Environmental Health and Safety staff at the Storrs Campus and at the UCHC are not the safety representatives for an Incubator company. Any issues with Federal OSHA, the Fire Marshall, State Regulators, the Environmental Protection Agency or any regulatory agency must be addressed by the Incubation Program Chemical Hygiene Officer. University policies may be used with appropriate revisions specific to an Incubator company.
The University maintains a chemical inventory that utilizes bar coding of all hazardous chemicals. This eventually will apply to Incubation Program and when this occurs it is the responsibility of an Incubator company to bar code hazardous chemicals as per University requirements. This includes bar coding existing chemicals in a lab and bar coding incoming chemicals. This bar coding information must be provided to the Environmental Health and Safety Department at Storrs or the Office of Research Safety at the UCHC depending on the location of an Incubator Company.
Prior to vacating University space,an Incubator company must ensure all hazardous waste has been removed and that all chemicals have been properly packaged for transport. In addition, the lab space must be left clean of any chemical residue, containers and equipment. Hazardous materials must be removed prior to vacating the space.