Introduction

Relevant Legislation & Guidance

The Environmental Protection Act 1990

The Waste (England and Wales) Regulations 2011

The Hazardous Waste Regulations 2005

List of Wastes (England) Regulations 2005

The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Regulations (WEEE) Regulations 2013

GOV.UK Waste legislation and regulations

Definitions

Hazardous Waste is waste that can be harmful to health or the environment. It includes infectious biological/clinical waste, chemicals, solvents, pesticides, fluorescent light tubes, refrigeration equipment containing ozone, non-edible oils, batteries, asbestos and paints.

“Duty of care” is a legal obligation to ensure the safety or well-being of others.

Policy Statement

The University will manage, so far as is reasonably practicable, all hazardous waste activities falling under its control in a manner such as to minimise the harm to human health or the environment.

The University will aim to achieve this by:

Producing and communicating procedures to enable employees to comply with their ‘duty of care’ for the management of hazardous wastes, and monitor these procedures to ensure compliance. Applying the waste management hierarchy with the aim of minimising the generation of hazardous waste.

Responsibilities

The Vice-Chancellor (V-C)

has the overall day to day responsibility for health and safety matters at the University. The V-C delegates responsibility for undertaking aspects of these duties through line management and identified roles.

The following people are identified as having responsibilities (in addition to any other responsibilities under other health and safety policy) for the management of hazardous waste in those areas, and for those relevant persons, that fall under their control:

Heads of Departments are responsible for ensuring that:

  • Departmental arrangements for the management of hazardous wastes are put in place, communicated and monitored.

  • Competent persons are identified to implement the arrangements for the management of hazardous waste.

  • Where practicable, aim to minimise the procurement of hazardous materials to prevent redundant materials needing to be disposed of as hazardous waste.

  • Ensure sufficient allocation of appropriate storage facilities for hazardous wastes until such time as it can be collected.

Line Managers are responsible for:

  • Ensuring the management and disposal/recovery of hazardous waste is included in the risk assessments and local procedures for the tasks undertaken by their employees.

  • Ensuring that relevant workers are informed of the significant findings of such risk assessments and that local procedures are followed for the management of hazardous wastes.

Estates Department is responsible for:

  • Segregation of hazardous waste under their management, such as WEEE and asbestos-containing waste, and storing them safely and securely before arranging for their disposal in accordance with relevant legislation.

  • Ensuring that staff who operate the hazardous waste collection service are adequately trained to carry out their duties.

  • Maintaining records, at the premises, of hazardous waste consignment notes, consignee returns and any other related documents (such as carrier schedules or rejected loads) for at least 3 years.

  • Undertaking periodic ‘duty of care’ audits of licenced waste contractors.

The University Health, Safety & Environment (UHS&E) Service is responsible for:

  • Ensuring that the appropriate licence/s is renewed with the Environment Agency when required.

  • Ensuring that procedures are established to ensure the ‘best available techniques’ for the correct identification, segregation, labelling and storage of hazardous wastes on University premises under its control.

  • The production and communication of procedures and guidance regarding the management of hazardous waste, under its remit, on University premises.

  • Managing the collection of hazardous waste, under its remit, from University storage facilities by authorised licensed contractors.

  • Undertaking periodic ‘duty of care’ audits of licenced waste contractors.

  • Maintaining records, at the premises, of hazardous waste consignment notes, consignee returns and any other related documents (such as carrier schedules or rejected loads) for at least 3 years.

Employees are required to:

  • Follow the University procedures to manage hazardous wastes. This includes the correct identification, segregation, disposal and storage of hazardous wastes in dedicated, labelled containers with prompt removal when full.