Handling hazardous materials involves a lot of responsibilities. These materials can be hazardous to humans, animals, and the environment, and should be handled with care. As such, there are a great many regulations involved in handling and transporting hazardous waste. Failing to follow all of those regulations can result in hefty fines and possible jail time. It is vital that you make sure your employees are trained to deal with hazardous materials safely and that you partner with an experienced company for transportation and disposal.
Plans and Permits
Before you transport your hazardous materials, you must acquire a Hazardous Materials Safety Permit. This permit needs to be registered annually, so be sure to keep track of your renewal date. With your permit, you should also make sure you have a plan just in case something should go wrong. There are a lot of variables involved in transporting materials, such as weather conditions and other drivers. You want to prepare for everything that you possibly can. You should make sure your plan includes a phone number for a 24-hour clean-up service that will connect you with someone who is trained to deal with those types of situations.
It is impossible to plan for every single variable when transporting hazardous waste, but there are many things you can plan for that will help minimize your risks. Some things you should consider are:
- NEVER deviate from the established hazardous materials handling procedures. They are there for a reason.
- Whenever possible, slow down. Safe driving is especially important when you’re dealing with hazardous materials.
- Make sure you’re familiar with proper HAZMAT procedures and safety standards.
- Have a solid emergency plan in place, and make sure you know it well.
- Make sure every single container is properly labeled.
- Familiarize yourself with the risks specific to the materials you are transporting.
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