SCU Chemical Donation Policy Page 3 of 5
Chemical Donation Policy
Upon occasion, businesses, schools, or other organizations offer to donate chemicals
(e.g., paints, lab chemicals) to SCU. These donations can reduce the cost of obtaining
chemicals and provide an opportunity for waste minimization for the donor. However,
accepting donated chemicals can result in chemical management compliance and
potential safety issues for SCU. Moreover, the chemicals may have to be disposed of
as hazardous waste at significant cost and SCU assumes the potential liability
associated with disposal. The purpose of this policy is to ensure that chemical
donations are accepted only if they have a beneficial use for SCU and do not create
significant safety and liability concerns.
This policy applies to donations of chemicals offered to SCU, Departments, or individual
faculty or staff members.
To ensure that SCU has the proper storage and safety processes in place to accept
chemical donations, each chemical donation request must be submitted to the EHS
Director for review. The EHS Director will consult with the Risk Manager and others as
appropriate before approving the donation request.
SCU will not accept chemical donations that meet any of the following criteria:
Original labels not intact;
Expired or within six months of expiration date; or
On the DEA Chemicals of Concern List, California Department of Justice,
Precursor Chemicals, Department of Homeland Security, Chemicals of Interest,
require TSCA import certification or chemicals that are in highly hazardous
classes such as explosive, reactive, highly toxic, radioactive and peroxide
Attachment 1 is the form that should be completed and emailed to the EHS Director for
review and approval. Chemical donations will not be accepted until the EHS Director
has approved the donation.