Chemical and Physical Hazards

Chemical and Physical Hazards 
7:45 am - 4:45 pm
Mon - Fri

(614) 645-7005

Chemical Emergency CEPAC
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Mon - Fri

(614) 645-6275

Chemical and Physical Hazards

Program Information

The Chemical and Physical Hazardous Materials Program deals with infectious waste, hazardous waste, and other environmental concerns. The program's role is to:

  • Answer questions from the public about infectious waste, hazardous waste, and other environmental concerns.
  • Advise Columbus City departments on small generator EPA hazardous waste rules, waste minimization / management and underground storage tank issues.
  • Review zoning applications and perform environmental facility compliance audits.
  • Respond to hazardous material emergencies.

Main Program Areas

Infectious Waste Regulation
Inspects infectious waste generators in Columbus and Worthington to ensure compliance with Ohio regulations. For information on infectious waste regulation in Ohio, go to Ohio EPA Division of Materials & Waste Management.

Maternity Hospital Inspections
Inspects annually maternity hospital facilities for general health and sanitation standards. The Columbus Board of Health then recommends renewal of the maternity facility's license to the Ohio Department of Health.  For more information, visit the Ohio Department of Health.

Household Hazardous Waste Collection
City of Columbus Refuse Collection Division, working with the Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio, maintains a household hazardous waste collection site to recycle or dispose of this waste in a safe and environmentally friendly manner. Visit the City of Columbus Refuse Collection.

Industrial Noise Monitoring
Responds to complaints of ongoing noise from industrial sources in Columbus. Staff utilize sound measurement equipment to assess if the noise levels are outside of city ordinance limits.

Chemical Emergency Preparedness Advisory Council (CEPAC)
Develops a comprehensive emergency response plan for the county, maintains public reports and chemical inventories, and responds to public questions about what chemicals are being stored in the area.  For more information, go to Chemical Emergency CEPAC.