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Chemicals & Waste

There is a huge demand and consumption of chemicals in laboratories and workshops of the University of Hong Kong and as a result large quantities of chemical waste are also produced.

These activities are subject to the Dangerous Goods Ordinance and Water Pollution Control Ordinance and Chemical Waste regulations.

To comply with the legal requirements and to reduce the risks from chemicals to members of the University, the Safety Office operates a Chemical Safety Service. This service consists of a team managed by the Chemical Safety Manager and their duties are to:

 

  • manage the supply, storage and delivery of hazardous chemicals.

  • manage the supply, storage and delivery of liquid nitrogen.

  • manage the central Dangerous Goods Stores and Dangerous Goods vehicle.

  • collect, store and dispose of hazardous chemical wastes.

  • supply printed labels for hazardous chemicals.

  • disseminate chemical safety information.

  • advise and assist in event of a chemical emergency.

  • monitor and approve the application and use of pesticides.

  • supply and install chemical spillage response kits.

  • testing the wastewater samples collected at the effluents from University buildings according to the licences issued under the Water Pollution Control Ordinance.

 

In addition due to the experience gained in managing chemical waste the DG team also:

 

  • co-ordinate the collection and disposal of clinical waste.

 

The Chemical Safety Manager also acts as the Chemical Safety Adviser and has produced the following sections in the Safety Manual for adoption by departments:

 

Other General Information:

 

You can contact the Chemical Safety Manager on 39172402 or by email at chemical@hku.hk

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