College of Life and Environmental Sciences Health and Safety Standard

Discharge to drain of potentially harmful substances
Date of Approval June 2013 Expiry Date June 2015
Author and Lead Mr Mike Wetherell, CLES Biological Safety Officer, University of Exeter
Aims The College of Life and Environmental Science (CLES) is committed to ensuring the health, safety and welfare of all staff, students and visitors. This Standard aims to define the responsibilities for compliance and management of this policy within the College for the purpose of carrying out teaching, experiments and research.
Scope This policy deals with the permitted and unpermitted discharge of potentially harmful substances to drain. The details within this policy have been taken from South West Water Trade Effluent Consent documentation as well as Environment Agency, HSE and other recognised government organizations.
Definitions Discharge to Drain of Potentially Harmful Substances
Relevant Legislation SWW trade effluent consent, EA legislation and HSE
Responsibility for implementation Colleges and Professional Services
Training availability:  
Standard to meetAccountabilityReference documents and more information
1. Managers and PI’s will ensure that all staff and students  involved in the discharge of these items  are aware of this college policy Managers and/or PI’s Policy document (Discharge to Drain of Potentially Harmful Substances) (.pdf)
2. Managers will ensure that all appropriate documentation is available and regularly updated. Managers

3. Managers will ensure that appropriate waste management disposal systems are in place for items that can’t be disposed of to drain. Managers Disposal Spread Sheet (.xls)
4. Managers will ensure that a process for reporting accident discharge to drain can be reported. Managers
5. All documentation will be available to all staff and students and a list of these items that are legally not allowed to be discharged to drain. Managers Known chemical substances not to be discharged (.pdf)

Mercury Compounds (.pdf)
6. Staff and students must follow instructions and safe operating procedures as identified within this policy. Staff and students  
7. Staff will ensure that any incidents involving the above mentioned items are reported using the University of Exeter Incident reporting form Staff and students