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It is the mission of the West Virginia University Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center Safety Office to advocate and promote a safe and healthful place in which to work, learn, visit and receive by coordinating programs and services in a manner consistent with responsible fiscal and environmental stewardship. Our goal is to protect the Health Sciences Centers resources through guidance and support relating to federal and state regulatory compliance requirements.

Hazardous Waste Policy

All employees are charged with providing full support to this policy. It is the responsibility of the Dean or Director to implement and maintain this policy within their college, department, or unit. The Environmental Health and Safety Office Waste Management guidance is available http://ehs.wvu.edu/environmental/waste-management or the office number is 304-293-3792. 

Mandatory DEP Hazardous Waste Training

This training is for ALL WVU lab personnel in research and using chemicals. Personnel includes: Faculty, Staff, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Interns, Researchers, Technicians, Lab Managers, Principal Investigators, Chemical Hygiene Officers, and Student Lab Workers (paid or receiving stipend). (This training excludes students from academic labs.) The training is available on-line. To have the training added to your SOLE page, contact the hscsafetyoffice@hsc.wvu.edu. The training must be completed annually.

Click here to request a hazardous waste pick up.

NEW: Aerosol Can Disposal Policy

The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (WVDEP) will no longer allow aerosol cans to go into the regular trash at WVU HSC Campus buildings (this does not apply to home disposal). This includes cleaning products, disinfectants, furniture polish, canned air etc. When an aerosol can used at work becomes empty, the aerosol can will need to be dropped off at the HSC Surplus room located in G278-HSC-South for recycling.

Lecture bottles and MAPP gases are not to be taken to Surplus. They remain in the lab or shop where they are used until empty. When empty, a hazardous waste pick up can be requested at this link:


Pick up will occur shortly thereafter.

Your cooperation with this mandate is required and appreciated. Failure to do so could result in your department being fined by the WVDEP. If you have questions, please contact the HSC Safety Office at 304-293-0952.