If you generate hazardous waste, you must dispose of it properly following existing laws. Failure to do so could not only lead to heavy fines, it could endanger the health of your workers, your facility, and your community. Follow these 5 best practices to dispose of hazardous waste properly.
- Label Hazardous Waste Properly
By law, hazardous waste must be placed in containers, then clearly marked and labeled with specific data. Write the date the waste was placed in the containers, what’s inside, and what the physical state of the waste is (e.g. liquid). Also note your name and address and the specific material inside.
- Dispose of Hazardous Waste Properly
Hazardous waste cannot be placed into dumpsters or poured into sewers. Instead, you must dispose of the waste properly, following procedures set out by law. These procedures vary by material.
- Create a Contingency Plan
A written contingency plan guides your employees in reducing health and environmental risk by disposing of waste properly. If there is an emergency, such as an explosion, the contingency plan should be followed. By law, you’re required to have a contingency plan and notify the authorities.
- Keep Containers Closed
Hazardous waste containers must be closed and securely latched at all times; otherwise waste could evaporate. Make sure staff know to open containers only to remove or add waste, then latch them immediately afterwards — no exceptions.
- Perform Inspections
As a hazardous waste generator, you must perform weekly inspections of the hazardous waste storage areas, checking the procedures are followed. Weekly inspections allow you to make sure you’re complying with laws and streamline procedures at your facility.
By making these best practices part of your daily or weekly routine, you can reduce stress and maintain safety.