WI4G - Disposal of Scrap Metals
ESTATES OFFICE – OPERATIONS WORKS INSTRUCTIONS WI‐4 Disposal of Scrap Materials Revision 01 Description ISSUE RECORD
Updated Date Sept 1995 Compiled by Review date Jan 2012 WORKS INSTRUCTION WI‐4 Disposal of Scrap Materials 1.0 2.0 3.0 Introduction The following procedure is to be followed for the disposal of all scrap materials arising from work carried out by the Estates Office.
Procedure i. All scrap metal is to be taken to the Workshops at the Downs, 1‐9 Old Park Hill or Langford by the tradesmen, or collected by University transport if large amounts are involved, and handed to the Maintenance Supervisor. ii. The Maintenance Supervisors are to provide bins where appropriate to sort the various materials, which will be kept in a suitable location. iii. When a reasonable quantity of scrap has been accumulated, it should be weighed and taken to a Scrap Merchant by University transport. iv. The driver will obtain a receipt for the scrap, from the Scrap Merchant, and also a cheque, cash or credit note made payable to the University of Bristol. v. The Maintenance Supervisors should keep a record of all consignments of scrap, and the sums of cheques received.
vi. All cheques and receipts to be handed over to the Cost Office whereupon a credit will be added to the Tools and Equipment Budget. vii. Some scrap materials, such as lead, will be recycled for melting down and caulking joints in cast iron pipes. This should be carried out at the discretion of the Maintenance Supervisor.
viii. For many years there has been a system for taking into store sanitary fittings, doors, teak work benches etc., and re‐using, these items may be purchased and used by members of staff, see section 4 below. ix. Some types of scrap, such as cast iron, can be more expensive to transport to the Merchants then they are worth. Sometimes these materials will be collected by specialist Scrap Merchants without cost. x. This method is to be used at the discretion of the Maintenance Supervisor and a record made of the transactions. Ownership Materials and consumables purchased by the University remain the property of the University at all times. University of Bristol Estates Office Page 2
WORKS INSTRUCTION WI‐4 Disposal of Scrap Materials 4.0 5.0 Any attempt to dispose of such property whether regarded as scrap or not, shall be regarded as theft and will be dealt with under the relevant procedure agreement for the member of staff concerned.
Purchase of scrap material or redundant equipment
Should a member of staff wish to purchase scrap material that becomes available from time to time he may request to do so of his supervisor. If the Supervisor is satisfied that there can be no beneficial future use for the item then he will refer to the Works Officer to obtain a fair valuation of the material. Once valued the employee may pay for the goods in cash or by cheque and he will be given a letter of clearance giving him permission to remove the goods from the University. All payment for such goods shall be dealt with as in 2.6 above. The University will accept no responsibility for the condition of such goods/material purchased in this way; the use of the goods/material is entirely at the risk of the purchaser. Disposal of Hazardous Materials
Care must be taken when disposing of materials which are potentially hazardous or pollutant, in some cases disposal is governed by special licence. For specific advice the Safety Office should be consulted to determine safe methods of disposal. Specifically, under no circumstances shall toxic fluids or oils of any kind be discharged into surface water drains. Foul drainage outlets can be used for some substances so long as the strength of the fluid is reduced by dilution with water, reference to the Safety Office is advised. Some materials can be physically harmful, e.g. broken glass and such material must not be stored in disposable bags which could be punctured, and disposal should instead be affected in hard containers or skips. Fluorescent lighting tubes present particular hazards, all scrap tubes must be disposed of using the lamp crush apparatus located at the Precinct workshop. University of Bristol Estates Office Page 3