This manual outlines the proper procedures for managing hazardous waste at Clemson University main campus, Clemson, South Carolina. This document is intended to serve as a “how-to” manual for Clemson employees, students and subcontractors involved with the handling of hazardous waste. These procedures will be revised as necessary to reflect changes in Clemson practices and environmental regulations.

Note: Clemson University has numerous off Campus Facilities that, due to their differing status under RCRA operate slightly differently and the Generator should consult with the Office of Research Safety for directions on management at those facilities.

A description of hazardous waste and hazardous waste determination practices is provided in Section II. A discussion of hazardous waste minimization is also provided.

Hazardous waste storage procedures are presented in Section III. Section IV details the hazardous waste pick-up procedures. Section V provides off-site shipping requirements for hazardous waste. Procedures for addressing non-routine situations are detailed in Section VI. Section VII outlines the required training for applicable personnel.


The procedures contained in this Hazardous Waste Management Manual shall be followed by all Clemson employees, students and subcontractor personnel employed by the University. The Hazardous Waste Officer must approve any deviation from the procedures defined in this document in writing.

Regulatory Requirements

The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act of 1976 (RCRA) requires generators of hazardous waste to comply with the regulatory requirements contained in Title 40 of the Code of Federal Regulations Part 262 (40 CFR Part 262). This Part requires generators to ensure and fully document that the hazardous waste they produce is properly identified, managed on-site for no more than 90 days and transported to a RCRA-permitted treatment, storage or disposal (TSD) facility. These RCRA requirements are administered by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC) and implemented under the South Carolina Hazardous Waste Management Regulations (R.61-79.262).

All procedures defined in this manual are written for compliance with the above regulations.