Labeling/Satellite Accumulation Areas


All chemical containers must be labeled clearly as to their contents.  This includes any working solutions you may have in your lab. Even water and cleaning agents in bottles must be labeled. If a container is not labeled, someone that comes across it later won't know if it is hazardous or not.


Labeling Hazardous Waste - Chemicals which are considered hazardous waste, must be labeled with the exact words "Hazardous Waste".  The date filled must be applied as soon as the container is full.  See additional information below.

Satellite Accumulation Areas (SAA)

Researchers and Staff that generate hazardous chemical wastes are allowed to have an area to collect hazardous waste in containers. These designated areas are called
"Satellite Accumulation Areas."

Requirements for your Satellite Accumulation Area:

  • This area should be close to the location where you generate the wastes and well-secured.
  • Containers in the SAA must be in good condition and compatible with the waste being accumulated.
  • Containers in the SAA must be kept closed except when adding or removing waste.
  • Only use one container at a time per waste stream. Continue to use that container until it is full, and then apply the "filled" date and submit a chemical pickup request promptly. (EHS will remove the waste within three (3) days. If EHS has failed to pick up the waste within 3 days, please contact the EHS office.
  • By Kansas Law, all waste containers must be marked with the exact words "Hazardous Waste." The EHS office will supply you with hazardous waste labels upon request. An example of a hazardous waste label is below.

Hazardous Waste Label

  • Name of waste material; after adding first accumulation of waste to the container.
  • Date Filled; once the container is submitted for pickup through EHS (leaving plenty of room for expansion).
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