Proper handling and disposal of chemical waste is critical to employee safety and environmental compliance. How can you identify the various types of hazardous waste? What is the best way to ensure that these dangerous materials are disposed of? Here is some more information that will help you with managing hazardous waste and making sure that areas affected by chemical spills are decontaminated.
The Various Types of Hazardous Waste
Although there are many kinds of hazardous waste, they fall into four general categories. These categories are:
- Corrosive – These chemicals called corrosive because they deteriorate tissue and metals. Acids are the most common type of corrosive waste.
- Ignitable – This type of waste is called ignitable because they are highly flammable. Flammable materials are quite dangerous because of fire hazards, but ignitable waste can also release toxic fumes that are just as deadly as the risk of fire.
- Reactive – If reactive waste comes into contact with other chemicals, it can explode. Reactive waste can also release poisonous fumes when exposed to other types of chemicals as well.
- Toxic – These substances can poison humans and animals, especially if they are ingested. Toxic waste can also be easily absorbed or inhaled.
Once you know what kind of waste you are dealing with, it is essential that you select a qualified environmental management company to transport and dispose of your hazardous waste. Remember that it is always your responsibility to see that your waste is disposed of properly and that it is yours from the cradle to the grave.
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