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The Definition of Hazardous Waste

The Definition of Hazardous Waste

How do you know if a waste material is hazardous or non-hazardous?

Working with hazardous waste at close range gives you a new perspective on what and your employees do. Sometimes, telling the difference between hazardous waste and non-hazardous waste can be more difficult than you expect. If you’re unsure of what the definition of hazardous waste is, then this is something you need to read.

Hazardous Substances

The piece of legislation that relates to hazardous substances is known as the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act, also known as CERCLA. CERCLA is one of the regulations that the DOT points to whenever it oversees the transportation of hazardous substances. It doesn’t matter if it’s going to the next town or crossing state borders on its way to its final destination. If the truck leaving your facility is carrying chemicals due for disposal, it needs to carry the tag or placard that applies.

Hazardous Materials

Hazardous materials are classified as anything that could affect the health of everyone exposed to it. In this case, that would mean the drivers of the trucks hauling the hazardous waste, the general public, and any handlers responsible for packing and unpacking the waste once it reaches an off-site disposal zone. Nail polish remover, insecticides, chemical drain cleaner, and lighter fluids are all examples of what could eventually become hazardous at some point.

Hazardous Waste

This type of waste is anything that is harmful to human health along with the health of the environment. The EPA has many rules and regulations regarding this type of waste, and it’s crucial that you stay on top of all of them as they constantly change.

Hazardous Drugs

Hazardous drugs are not just the ones you’ve heard about on the news sweeping through the country and causing a huge epidemic. Although that has proven to be a thorny issue, something that isn’t as complicated is the law surrounding chemotherapy drugs and other treatments that can affect humans and animals in potentially negative ways even though they are meant as cures instead of leading to cancer or birth defects.


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