Safety Policies

SY26 Fluorescent Light Ballast/Capacitor Disposal

Policy Status: 


Subject Matter Expert: 

Charles Williams, 865-0812,

Policy Steward: 

Assistant Vice-President for Police and Public Safety / Director of Environmental Health and Safety



To establish a policy and procedure for the handling and disposal of fluorescent light ballasts/capacitors containing polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB's) at all locations of The Pennsylvania State University.


The University is required by environmental regulations, 40 Code of Federal Regulations 761, to ensure the proper disposal of PCB containing ballasts/capacitors.


All light ballasts/capacitors manufactured prior to 1979 that are not marked "NO PCB," shall be assumed to contain PCB's.


PCB containing ballasts/capacitors should be detached from lamp fixtures and placed into containers marked "PCB." They are not to be stored at or delivered to Lion Surplus.

If ballasts/capacitors are leaking, Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) shall be notified for assistance immediately (814)865-6391.

Overheated ballasts/capacitors should be allowed to cool before removal.

Ballasts with manufacturer marking "NO PCB's" may be disposed of in the municipal trash or labeled with an additional "NO PCB" sticker (available from EHS) and delivered to Lion Surplus.

A Chemical Waste Disposal Manifest Form, available on the EHS web page, shall be completed to notify EHS to pick up PCB containing ballasts/capacitors.


For questions, additional detail, or to request changes to this policy, please contact the Director of Environmental Health and Safety.

Effective Date: March 13, 2002

Date Approved: March 8, 2002 

Date Published: March 12, 2002 (Editorial changes, June 10, 2014)

Most recent changes:

  • June 10, 2014 - Editorial changes. Updated code number reference in Code of Federal Regulations, and updated verbiage in PROCEDURES section to clarify processing. Added policy steward/ further information references, in the event that there are questions or requests for changes to the policy.

Revision History (and effective dates):

  • March 13, 2002 - Updated to reflect procedural changes.
  • March 28, 1996 - New policy.

Date Approved: 

June 10, 2014