Construction Site Hazardous Materials / Wastes

Guidance for Construction Site Hazardous Materials /Wastes


Occupational and Environmental Safety is here to assist in guidance with the proper management of hazardous materials/wastes at construction sites. Please refer to the guidance spreadsheet located HERE and contact the appropriate person/department referred to for the material/waste you have.

If you have any questions, comments and/or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the CU Hazardous Materials Manager at


Hazardous Materials/Wastes from construction sites should be properly managed and disposed of whether the work is performed by Clemson University Facilities or outside contractors.

Buildings that are to be demolished must be assessed (a process known as Environmental Hazard Assessment) to determine if they contain or are themselves a hazardous waste.

Older buildings are often painted with lead paint and paints containing mercury-based biocides, use leaded pipes, have asbestos insulation, use mercury-containing fluorescent lamps and PCB ballasts and contain many other hazardous materials.

Besides demolition debris, other wastes are generated during new building construction to include but not limited to treated wood, paint and solvent wastes, glues, roofing tars and cylinders.

Many buildings are carefully de-constructed for material reuse, and these types of projects can also generate similar Hazardous wastes. Deconstructed materials that are reused are not regulated as waste as long as the properties making them hazardous are not disturbed. For example, a door painted with lead-based paint could be reused as is, even if it would otherwise be regulated as dangerous waste when disposed.

SC DHEC Lead Based Paint Waste & Residue Disposal Advisory