Working with universal waste can be extremely dangerous. You never know what you’re handling, which means that ensuring that everything is properly labeled becomes even more important. Here is more information about labels for universal waste.
What is Universal Waste?
Batteries, pesticides, lamps, and anything with mercury in it all count as examples of universal waste. Sealed lead acid, nickel-cadmium, lithium-ion, and mercuric oxide are some of the types of batteries that are especially dangerous which means that they need to have the correct labels – improper disposal techniques could be disastrous if not done the right way. Recalled pesticides, especially if they are expired, are another substance that can be hazardous when attempting to dispose of them, even if they are part of a managed collection program.
Thermometers and thermostats are incredibly important devices, but they contain mercury. As mercury is highly toxic, it needs to be handled with delicate care. Some of the lamps that fall under the universal waste category include fluorescent, neon, high-pressure sodium, and metal halide.
Why the Labels Matter
The labels were created for several reasons. One of the most significant is to prevent environmental contamination. The second reason is to prevent accidental chemical spills and how to respond to such incidents. The third reason is to have a contingency in place when these materials need to be moved somewhere where they can be disposed of safely. Identifying and storing what you have is also an important part of the universal waste disposal process, which might mean that your workers will need further training so they know exactly what to do, when to do it, and how to do it. Labels also help you avoid compliance violations and violating other applicable laws that you might not even realize you are breaking. Everything must be labeled with the words “Universal Waste” along with what type of waste the container holds. Since universal waste can’t be stored for over a year, excellent recordkeeping is mandatory, and not something you can avoid doing.
WE CAN HELP YOU WITH YOUR HAZARDOUS WASTE TRAINING AND DISPOSAL. CONTACT US TODAY!
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.
Contact us today! Call Toll-Free: 1-877-876-1100
24 HR EMERGENCY RESPONSE: 410-494-7587