You never want to violate any hazardous waste regulations. Doing so can expose your firm to heavy fines and loss of reputation. Here are some of the easiest regulations to violate and how you can ensure you don’t accidentally commit these infractions.
Determining what kind of hazardous waste you are handling matters. It is without a doubt one of the most important parts of the process. All of the waste that you generate needs to be classified and properly stored or disposed of. For instance, ask yourself if you have solid waste or liquid waste. Then you must determine if it is hazardous at all since occasionally you will produce non-hazardous waste.
Inspections also help you avoid hazardous waste violations. If you fail these inspections, however, then it means bad news for your company, such as fines or other punishments. Schedule your inspections for the same day every week, but avoid setting them for Monday or Friday – any other day of the work week will do. Be sure to designate another inspector who can replace the regular inspector if they have to miss a day of work when they need to carry out these inspections.
Contingency Plan Failures
It’s always good to have a backup plan. Contingency plans are meant to help protect your employees and the environment. That way, if a spill happens, you will know what to do. These plans need to include information about how they were drawn up, and what should happen in an emergency.
Failure to Make Space
Sometimes, storing hazardous waste is necessary until it can be safely disposed of. In these cases, you need to make sure there is enough aisle space. The containers need to be far enough apart that they don’t present any tripping or blocking hazards in case of an emergency.
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