Hazardous Materials

A hazardous material is any substance or material in a quantity or form that may pose a reasonable risk to health, the environment, or property.

Hazardous waste is generated at USF from various activities including research, teaching, art, and facilities support. These areas on campus have measures in place to decrease the likelihood of an incident and have the proper precautions in place to minimize damage if a release were to occur. At USF, all chemical waste is considered hazardous and must be disposed of through Environmental Health & Safety.

The USF Hazardous Waste Program services include:

The USF Radiation Safety Office in Research Integrity and Compliance maintains the radiation safety program. The goal of the Radiation Safety Office is to keep radiation exposure to university personnel, members of the public, and the environment As Low As Reasonably Achievable (ALARA) and in compliance with state and federal regulations.

In the event of a chemical or radioactive release:


The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has developed information on large-scale hazardous material situations. 

Radiation Emergencies

Nuclear Weapons