The management of your hazardous waste should not be treated lightly. Good waste management practices keep the environment and your employees safe from the dangers inherent in the use and disposal of hazardous materials. In addition, it can harm your company’s bottom line should an EPA inspector fine your organization. A hazardous waste management audit may be the best thing you can do for your company. Here are four common reasons why your hazardous waste management plan may be out of compliance right now.
1. Improper Generator Classification
Federal and state guidelines place different requirements on companies depending on how much hazardous waste they generate. Knowing your generator classification, therefore, is one of the cornerstones of hazardous waste management. If you are improperly classified, you may unwittingly be utilizing practices and procedures that are out of compliance.
2. Improper Labeling and Storage
It’s important to stay on top of labeling all of the chemicals used in your facility. Once a given chemical reaches its expiration date, it may become a hazardous waste and need to be disposed of properly according to EPA guidelines. Make sure you are also using a safe storage and collection system compatible with the materials or waste it is supposed to store.
3. Improper Retention of Records
Record-keeping is an integral part of proper hazardous waste management. Companies are required by law to keep accurate records of their management practices and techniques, such as inspections, and any shipping documents related to hazardous waste.
4. Improper Planning for an Emergency
All companies that handle hazardous waste should have an emergency plan in order to minimize any hazards to human health or the environment. The details required in this emergency plan vary on the generator status of the company, but having an inadequate plan may result in a huge fine.
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Clients in the south central Pennsylvania region who need assistance with their hazardous waste management can now contact Chuck Britton at AEG Environmental for quick, expert service and advice. We can accurately assess your needs and provide solutions for all of your environmental management problems!
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