Environmental Health & Safety

Richard Watson

Richard Watson
Hazardous Waste Specialist


(951) 827-4248

Environmental Health
& Safety (EH&S)
900 University Ave
Riverside, CA 92521


Hazardous Waste Control & Compliance | Waste Collection & Management | Hazardous Waste Documentation & Tracking | Online Tag Program  


Richard has over 9 years of experience in hazardous waste management, project management, laboratory protocols and SOPs, quality control, sampling techniques, and inventory management. He has served in positions such as Lead Clean Pack Chemist, Project Manager, Metrology / Validation Technician, Stream Ecology Assessment Laboratory Quality Control Officer, Laboratory Assistant,  and Parts Manager / Mechanic. Prior to coming to UCR, Richard served at Clean Harbor Environmental Services Inc., PureTek Pharmaceuticals, California State University Long Beach - Entomology, Aquatic Bioassessment & Consulting Laboratory, and Fleet Maintenance Co.

Education and Credentials

Bachelor of Science in Biology, California State University Long Beach


Richard oversees the radioactive, chemical and biological hazardous waste program involving the most complex and hazardous situations. He maintains up-to-date knowledge on regulatory requirements for hazardous waste management; acts as advisor to campus personnel on the required procedures; assists campus personnel in obtaining correct hazard categorization, containerization and labeling for storage and transport. Richard evaluates laboratory compliance during waste pickups; reports findings, suggest corrective actions, and follows-up to ensure actions have been implemented. He participates in the evaluation, development and improvement of hazardous waste tracking systems for UCR campus chemical waste, bio-hazardous waste and radioactive waste data to maintain compliance with
mandatory full-cycle tracking; includes assisting with the pickup request data entry, and manifest tracking data entry as needed. Richard oversees, schedules, tracks, assesses, and continually improves hazardous waste collection activities. He coordinates activities related to the operation and maintenance of the EH&S hazardous waste management facility..


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University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

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Environmental Health & Safety

Tel: (951) 827-5528
Fax: (951) 827-5122
E-mail: ehs@ucr.edu