As indicated in the link you reference from Stanford, there are lead free varieties of indicator tape available. When we first discovered this, we worked with the vendors to replace tapes that were still in the labs with non-lead containing varieties at no charge.
Most of you probably already know this, but we didn’t. It turns out that some (most?) autoclave tape contains enough lead to fail the TCLP test. A commercial research facility in Connecticut was recently cited by EPA for improper disposal of hazardous waste for not disposing of it properly. Sheesh.
I might be good to make a list of all these things: “Things you don’t expect to be hazardous waste—but are.”
What else would you put on the list?
Peter A. Reinhardt
Director, Office of Environmental Health & Safety
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