The Chemical Round-Up 2022

What is it?

The Chemical Round-Up is a unique, institutionally-funded opportunity to dispose of the following high-hazard chemicals that have expired or are in poor condition:

  • Peroxides and peroxide forming chemicals
  • Nitro compounds (e.g., picric acid, 2,4-dinitrophenylhydrazine)
  • Pyrophoric and water-reactive substances
  • Highly toxic substances
  • Other potentially unstable substances

The Chemical Round-Up is intended to raise awareness of high-hazard chemicals, to improve safety practices at the university, and to reduce the need for costly and complicated disposal measures in the future.


Why do we need one?

This initiative is in response to several recent events involving the discovery of expired shock-sensitive chemicals, which ultimately required specialized disposal support from the City of Edmonton Police and Fire Rescue Services. These events pose significant health and safety risks, require highly coordinated disposal efforts, and are disruptive to research activities and normal university operations.

Through the Chemical Round-Up initiative, HSE is taking proactive steps to build awareness of the risks associated with high-hazard chemicals, to reduce the need for costly and complicated disposal measures in the future, and to improve safety practices overall.


How to participate

1. Look for chemicals in your research space
  1. Check your shelves, drawers, storage rooms, and any other places you may have chemicals.
  2. Look for any of the following high-hazard chemicals, particularly those that have expired, or are in poor condition:
    • Peroxides or peroxide-forming chemicals
    • Nitro compounds
    • Pyrophoric and water-reactive substances
    • Highly toxic chemicals
    • Other potentially unstable substances
  3. If you find high-hazard chemicals, DO NOT TOUCH OR MOVE THEM.

Not sure what you're looking for? Review this detailed list of chemicals and video with images of chemicals and containers included in The Chemical Round-Up. 

2. Report your findings to HSE

Submit the form

DO NOT TOUCH OR MOVE CHEMICALS.

3. DO NOT TOUCH OR MOVE CHEMICALS. Await disposal instructions from HSE

You will hear back from HSE within 48 hours.

DO NOT TOUCH OR MOVE CHEMICALS.


For more information, contact hse.info@ualberta.ca.
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Chemical Round-Up poster (8.5x14)