What should I do if I discover a hazardous material(s) or oil spill on campus?

Posted: April 2, 2020 at 2:36 pm

Contact University Police by dialing 911 from any university phone or dial 703-993-2810 and report the following details to University Police: Your name and contact information. The location of the spill and where you are currently located. The approximate quantity of material spilled. The materials involved, if known (e.g., oil, gasoline, paint, etc.). University Police […]

How do I clean up a broken compact fluorescent light bulb (CFL)?

Posted: April 2, 2020 at 1:57 pm

Each compact fluorescent light bulb (CFL) contains a very small amount of mercury in either powder or pellet form; however, the greatest risk to you from a broken bulb is getting cut by glass shards. The amount of mercury in a light bulb is extremely small, however precautions must still be taken. The following steps […]

What is a considered hazardous waste?

Posted: April 2, 2020 at 1:56 pm

A waste with properties that make it dangerous or potentially harmful to human health or the environment and exhibits at least one of four characteristics: ignitability, corrosivity, reactivity, or toxicity.

How do I properly dispose of hazardous materials?

Posted: April 2, 2020 at 1:55 pm, Last Updated: April 24, 2020 at 8:48 am

EHS oversees the management of hazardous substances and waste generated by facility maintenance, laboratory, and support operations. EHS has programs to help manage, store, collect, and dispose of hazardous chemical, biological, and radioactive materials. All hazardous waste should be managed in the following manner: Collect hazardous wastes in a tight sealing container that is compatible […]

What hazardous materials may be poured down the drain?

Posted: April 2, 2020 at 1:53 pm

George Mason University does not permit any hazardous chemicals or waste to be poured down the drain without prior authorization from EHS-Laboratory Safety. There are some chemicals and hazardous materials that may be disposed of in the sanitary sewer system; however, EHS will review the material, quantity, and concentration of the material to ensure that […]

How can I properly dispose of aerosol cans?

Posted: April 2, 2020 at 1:53 pm

Aerosol cans are considered a hazardous waste, even when the cans are empty, and therefore must be collected and managed as hazardous waste. Please place the cap back on aerosol can(s) and collect them in a rigid container. Contact EHS- Laboratory Safety at labsafe@gmu.edu to pick up and properly dispose of the aerosol cans.

Can I bring household hazardous materials to George Mason University for disposal?

Posted: April 2, 2020 at 1:52 pm

Leftover household products that contain corrosive, toxic, ignitable (flammable), or reactive ingredients are considered to be “household hazardous waste” (HHW). Products such as oil-based paints (or other non-latex paints), cleaners, batteries, and pesticides contain potentially hazardous ingredients that require special care when you dispose of them. Most local jurisdictions have HHW days to collect household […]

What happens to hazardous waste once it is collected?

Posted: April 2, 2020 at 1:51 pm

George Mason University utilizes the services of a licensed and permitted vendor for disposal of hazardous waste. The vendor collects, segregates, and packages hazardous waste according to Department of Transportation (DOT) regulations, then ships the waste to an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved disposal facility. Disposal methods range from incineration, waste water treatment, recovery/recycling, and […]

What steps can I take to minimize pollution and be compliant with environmental regulations?

Posted: April 2, 2020 at 1:25 pm, Last Updated: April 8, 2020 at 10:26 am

The largest contribution to pollution that most individuals make is the amount of trash, paper, and chemicals generated by business and personal activities. Reducing consumption, recycling, and using less harmful or better engineered products such as recycled paper, less hazardous chemicals or naturally safe alternatives, and using energy efficient equipment, are the best ways to […]

What programs does George Mason University have in place to prevent pollution or control emissions?

Posted: April 2, 2020 at 1:24 pm

Facilities Management has undertaken several programs and implemented best practices to prevent pollution and control emissions. Clean burning natural gas is used to heat campus buildings, and all generators and equipment use ultra-low sulfur fuel wherever feasible. All new buildings are designed to meet new standards for energy efficiency. All new office and industrial equipment […]