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Chemical Waste

* Please note there have been temporary changes to the waste management services on the Bethesda ​campus. Click here to view the full details of the changes.


Chemical waste includes nonradioactive chemical solids, liquids, or other waste types contaminated with hazardous chemicals. NIH’s chemical waste management program emphasizes reduction of chemical waste generation through process improvements wherever possible, and proper management of chemical waste streams that are generated. For guidance on the proper management of chemical wastes; see NIH Waste Disposal Guide; procedure​s and additional Chemical Waste Management Procedures; the NIH Drain Discharge Guidethe Application for Disposal of Specific Chemical Reagents to the Sanitary Sewer and the New NIH Chemical Waste Tag. There are special management procedures for a category of chemical waste called Universal Waste. See Universal Waste Management.

Various offices interact in the management of NIH's chemical waste program. The Division of Occupational Health and Safety (DOHS) identify potentially hazardous situations in work areas and recommend appropriate control measures.  DOHS also review safety protocols for work involving certain hazardous chemicals to ensure that the proposed activities are conducted by trained personnel using the proper safety equipment. The Division of Environmental Protection (DEP) provides services related to the treatment and disposal of chemical waste. The NIH Occupational Medical Service offers a comprehensive occupational medical care program to NIH employees, including providing emergency medical treatment in the event of an acute chemical exposure and providing periodic medical surveillance.

For Chemical Waste services c​all 301-496-4710 or create a new service request online.

If you would like more information about this program, please contact David Mohammadi.

Waste Minimization and Pollution Prevention

NIH has undergone several successful chemical waste reduction efforts which include:

NIH Waste Disposal Guide 2014

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