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3 of the Most Common Hazardous Waste Violations

3 of the Most Common Hazardous Waste Violations

With proper training, you will easily avoid hazardous waste regulation violations!

As dangerous as it is to handle hazardous waste, it stands to reason that violations would happen with startling regularity. However, that doesn’t mean you need to be blamed for them. With the assistance of the experts at AEG Environmental, you can make sure you avoid making these mistakes that could expose you to punishment by industry associations and by OSHA.

Not Determining the Status

You must define all of the waste that ends up on your site. Although you might handle waste that has come from another site, you still bear some responsibility for its ultimate fate. If you are unsure of what something is, then be sure to mark it as hazardous waste. Keep all necessary documents for both hazardous waste and non-hazardous waste. That way, it will be much easier to classify what size of waste generator you are for regulatory purposes. By doing this, you can make sure you are complying with the rules that you need to follow. You won’t accidentally cause any liability issues that could make your company look bad.

Making the Storage Aisles Too Narrow

Storing waste is another part of the process. Sometimes, the waste can’t be destroyed right away. This means you will need sufficient space to store the containers until you can dispose of them. Making the storage aisles too narrow is another common violation. Even so, make sure the aisles are wide enough to not present a problem during an emergency. Then verify that all materials that are incompatible with one another are kept far apart.

Not Performing the Inspections

You must also ensure that inspections take place every week. Ignoring or neglecting these rules could lead to future problems down the line that you can’t predict. One easy way to make sure you avoid this violation is by finding a good day of the week on which to get it done. Avoid Mondays and Fridays. It should either be Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday. Designate more than one inspector in case someone gets sick or is unable to come in on their assigned day. Keep a detailed inspection log that is easy to find and easy to read and understand.


No matter what kind of environmental issue you may have, AEG Environmental can help. We handle every situation with care, dedication, and a commitment to exemplary customer service. When you have an emergency, you can rely on us! Need training? We can handle that too! We train in a wide variety of environmental management areas so that your company can remain compliant with EPA, DOT, and OSHA. Make sure to check out our blog for the latest and greatest in the waste management world! You should also follow us on social media for updates.

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