Hazardous Waste

Radioactive Waste

The Hazardous Materials Management (HMM) program is responsible for the collection, processing and disposal of low level radioactive waste generated in research laboratories and health care facilities located throughout the Ann Arbor, Flint and Dearborn campuses. Proper management of low-level radioactive waste at the point of generation is crucial to ensuring a safe and cost effective means of disposal.

Processing of low-level radioactive waste is complex and costly. HMM uses the most up to date processing techniques to consolidate and decay waste in an effort to minimize disposal costs. HMM also works in conjunction with Radiation Safety Services to train generators in proper waste management practices including isotope segregation, packaging, and manifesting in an effort to ensure regulatory compliance and protect human health and the environment.

Principle functions of HMM include:

  • Provide guidance and training to generators to ensure the radioactive waste is being managed in a manner that is compliant with State and Federal regulations.
  • Sample and profile waste streams.
  • Segregate and commingle waste in a manner accentuating cost containment.
  • Collect and transport radioactive waste from generation sites to collection areas in compliance with Department of Transportation regulations.
  • Arrange for off-site shipment and disposal of low-level radioactive waste at a licensed disposal facility.
  • Decay in storage of select waste streams until indistinguishable from background.
  • Maintain records of all radioactive waste generated on campus.
  • Maintain permits necessary for management and transportation of radioactive and mixed waste.
  • Provide generators with a selection of waste containers and pre-printed labels and manifests at no charge.
  • Perform compliance audits of waste vendors to ensure adherence with University contract terms and conformance with State and Federal radioactive waste regulations.