Waste management

Hazardous waste

The waste of dangerous substances is also regarded as a dangerous substance. Make sure that your staff treat this waste stream in accordance with the internal rules – not only in the interests of UMC staff, patients and visitors, but also in the interests of the environment and local residents. Hazardous waste is subject to regulations.


Instructions 1

  • Under no circumstances must hazardous waste be mixed with other substances;
  • Collect all waste by type. Your internal waste collector prescribes which classification into types you must observe on the basis of the European List of Waste EURAL. You must ensure that this classification is laid down in (internal) guidelines;
  • Keep the amount of regular waste of dangerous substances as low as possible by also regularly cleaning up and disposing of unnecessary dangerous substances;
  • Ensure that drums containing waste are clean on the outside. However, do not touch 'clean' drums containing extremely toxic and carcinogenic substances without suitable gloves;
  • Follow the internal instructions for the collection of specific waste materials from radionuclide areas and GMO areas.

Instructions 2

  • Collect hazardous liquid waste in UN-approved plastic drums, preferably not more than 10 litres per drum;
  • When transferring and collecting flammable and toxic liquids, ensure good extraction. However, try to keep this activity to a minimum;
  • Do not discharge any dangerous substances into the sewer as waste. Substances on the list of Substances of Very High Concern (SVHCs) must always be disposed of as hazardous waste;
  • The discharge permit of the UMC specifies the conditions under which discharge is permitted. Ask the environmental expert what is permitted;
  • For each waste stream, register the quantity of waste delivered to the waste collector. In accordance with the environmental permit conditions, you must provide an annual overview of the quantity of dangerous substances disposed of. This is usually the responsibility of the waste manager and/or the environmental service.