Waste, Storage and Inventories Waste, Storage and Inventories

All research material, be it chemicals, specimens or biological, should be stored, logged and disposed of responsibly.  

Waste Waste

Careful consideration must be taken when disposing of chemical waste. Researchers must follow all local rules for disposal and if in doubt contact a member of the support team for their area. Good practice is to identify waste routes within CoSHH forms and risk assessments, prior to generating it.  

Within the BCRE please consult the Waste & You SOP for guidance on disposing of all laboratory waste. 

If you’re creating a solution of various chemicals with hazardous properties feel free to use the Waste Chemical Calculator to identify the precedence of hazards in your solution. Tools are made available to assist researchers but are not a substitute for proper care and investigation into the correct disposal method. 

Storage Storage

All chemicals should be stored according to their nature and needs. Within all MED school laboratories a wide range of storage cabinets are provided for the variety of different hazards, if in doubt please ask your technical support team. 

Where bench-top storage is needed, researchers are reminded of the 500ml limit for storing flammable solvents. 

Where possible items should not be stored in their shipping containers - researchers are reminded to dispose of surplus polystyrene boxes and cardboard in a timely fashion 

Laboratory users on main campus should purchase solvents as and when needed from SCI stores to reduce bulk storage needs. Groups working at the BCRE should contact local technical support for bulk storage solutions.  

Inventories Inventories

It is a legal requirement for all research groups to maintain an up-to-date chemical inventory identifying all chemicals or solvents which the group purchases or stores.  The inventory must identify locations, associated hazards, amounts and storage requirements of each item. Please download a blank inventory form here.  New chemicals must be added to group inventories when received and inventories must be reviewed annually.