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Toxic Solvents and Hazardous Chemical Substances

Hazardous Chemical Substances (HCS) may be found in many work areas. Some of the substances that may be encountered in different workplaces include acetone (used in some paint thinners), butane, carbon tetrachloride, chloroform, dieldrin, ether, fluorine (used in CFCs), mercury (found in fluorescent light bulbs), napthylene (in mothballs), polyvinyl chloride (PVC), silicon, trimethyl benzene or toluene (in paint thinners), and turpentine.

For a comprehensive list, visit the OHS Act and enter "Hazardous Chemical Substances" in the search-box.

Toxic waste disposal is a costly exercise, and is even more so if the nature of the toxic waste is not made known. Rhodes University requires all staff and students to adhere to its socially and environmentally responsible toxic waste disposal practices:

  • Place toxic waste / solvents in 20 litre plastic drums;
  • Label the container clearly, including (i) nature of contents; (ii) contact details of person disposing of the waste;
  • Ensure that container is properly sealed and kept in a secure place;
  • When the container is full, send it to the Chemistry Department (Note: if they have insufficient space for storage, you may be required to store the toxic waste in your own building until the University's toxic waste removal company comes to collect a consignment).

Rhodes University contact for hazardous waste disposal: Mr Francis Chindeka, Chief Technical Officer, Chemistry Department, 046 603 8267 / f.chindeka(at)ru.ac.za

Return to main Hazmat Waste Disposal page.

More Info

RU Safety, Health & Environmental Officer, 046 603 7205 or safety(at)ru.ac.za

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Last Modified: Thu, 01 Jun 2017 11:13:51 SAST