What is a Manifest?
environmental health and safety
What is a manifest?
Where do you get a manifest?
What is considered a hazardous waste?
When do I sign the manifest?
Where do I sign, and should I sign?
What other important information is on the manifest?
What do I do after I sign the manifest?
How do I know the waste is going where it should go?
Whom do I call at the Office of Environmental Health & Safety?
A manifest is a multiple-copy shipping paper that is used to track the disposal of hazardous waste. The form is titled "Uniform Hazardous Waste Manifest." The manifest must accompany every waste shipment that leaves the generator's (Boston College) property, regardless of size.
All transporters of hazardous waste used at BC obtain the manifests and will fill them out appropriately. Our responsibility is to sign them, check important information, and make sure the manifest is complete.
Unless cleared by the Office of Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S), all waste generated in laboratories must be disposed of according to hazardous-waste guidelines. Fixer in photo developing operations, asbestos, waste oil, and solvents used for parts cleaning are all typical hazardous waste generated at BC. Before disposing of unwanted chemicals down the drain or in the garbage, contact EH&S for a determination.
The generator may sign the manifest after the transporter has packed all the material in their vehicle and the manifest is complete. Also ask the transporter if the vehicle has the appropriate Department of Transportation placarding, so that in the event of a release, responders will know what the vehicle contains.
If you generate the waste AND YOU HAVE RECIEVED TRAINING FROM EHS, you may sign the manifest. Students should never sign; only BC employees may sign the manifest. Item #16 on the manifest asks for your printed name, your signature, and the date.
Contact EH&S for the number, but typically, if it is a routine pickup, the number will be the same each time. If the pickup is related to a cleanout, the number will be different each time.
Generator Name (Item 3)
Make sure this section has BC's main address, your department name, and "Attn: Office of Environmental Health & Safety."
Ensure that Items #16 and #17 are completed.
Review the entire document to ensure all items are completed. Ask the transporter if you have a question or call EH&S.
Mail all documentation to the Office of Environmental Health & Safety in St. Clement's on the day of signing. Take photocopies for EH&S, then mail copies to the State of Massachusetts, Department of Environmental Protection, Hazardous Waste Division; and to the state in which the waste is being disposed. If you receive the copy of the manifest in the mail, please mail it directly to EH&S.
After the waste is received by the disposal company, EH&S will receive one of the copies of the manifest back. That is how we know it has reached the final disposal site. EH&S also reviews these companies to make sure they are handling waste properly.
The main office number is x2-0307. Contact Gail Hall for any questions at x2-0300. We are located in St. Clement's Hall, Room 214.