General University Reference Utility
To establish a policy and procedures for the safe handling and proper disposal of potentially hazardous lamps generated at all Penn State University locations (except the Hershey Medical Center) and to mandate the replacement of high mercury content bulbs with low level or non-mercury containing bulbs.
The University is required by Federal Regulations, 40 CFR 273 (Universal Waste Regulations), to ensure the proper handling and disposal of these wastes.
The regulations define a lamp as follows:
Lamp...is defined as the bulb or tube portion of an electric lighting device. A lamp is specifically designed to produce radiant energy, most often in the ultraviolet, visible, and infra-red regions of electromagnetic spectrum. Examples include, but are not limited to, fluorescent, compact fluorescent (CFL), high intensity discharge, neon, mercury vapor, high pressure sodium and metal halide lamps.
Those responsible for installation of replacement fluorescent lamps shall only use low mercury bulbs as identified by the manufacturer.
UNIVERSAL WASTE - Lamps
*Note: the date will be the date when the container is started.
Lamps must be stored in a manner that maintains the integrity of the lamps and storage containers, prevents the leakage or release of waste from the containers, and provides protection from water, rain and wind.
Environmental Health and Safety will be responsible for coordinating the pick-up and disposal of lamps. EHS is also responsible for implementation and enforcement of this policy. Normal waste disposal costs are funded through EHS.
Collection and storage procedures for lamps are the same as at University Park. EHS retains a licensed disposal vendor to provide services for all University facilities. In general, this service is provided to the Campuses once a year at no cost. Materials shall be packaged as per procedures established by EHS and the vendor.
For questions, additional detail, or to request changes to this policy, please contact the Director of Environmental Health and Safety.
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