Many of the industrial and manufacturing processes that are in use today result in the creation of hazardous wastes. These waste products must be handled with care when they are stored in preparation for disposal in order to ensure that they don't leak out into the environment and contaminate your work area.
Here are three tips that you can use to help your company properly store hazardous waste while you wait for a reputable hazardous waste disposal company to come and remove the waste from your work site.
1. Talk to your disposal company about storage containers.
In order to ensure that you don't have to move your stored hazardous waste from one container to another when the time for disposal arrives, it can be beneficial to store your waste in containers that a disposal company can easily haul away.
You should talk to your disposal company about proper storage containers as you create a hazardous waste storage plan. The disposal company may be able to provide you with containers that are designed to hold your specific type of hazardous waste at reduced cost in order to facilitate the transport and disposal process in the future.
2. Have a secondary containment system in place.
In addition to using the right storage containers, you need to ensure that you have a secondary containment system in place for keeping your hazardous materials safe while they are in storage. This secondary containment system usually requires that you have an area within your factory set aside exclusively for the storage of hazardous waste.
The containment area should remain locked at all times, with only qualified employees being allowed access to check for leaks or to remove storage containers from the secondary containment area when the time to load the hazardous waste for removal arrives.
3. Limit the amount of waste that you store on-site.
While it may be necessary for you to store small amounts of hazardous waste while you wait for this waste to be picked up by a disposal company, you should always try to keep the amount of waste that you are storing on-site to a minimum.
Work with your disposal company to create a pick-up schedule that will reduce the amount of hazardous waste you have to keep in storage. Scheduling more frequent pick-ups can be a simple and effective way to manage your on-site hazardous waste stores.
Being able to safely keep hazardous materials in storage while you wait for a reputable disposal company to transport the waste off-site is essential when it comes to maintaining the safety and security of your company.
When my husband and I bought our first home, we bought a "fixer-upper" to work on for a few months before we moved in. Once we started discussing the improvements we would make to it, I realized that my husband had no idea how different building materials affected the earth and would affect the air we breathed in our home. Thankfully, he did understand that energy-efficiency was important for both the earth and our budgets. To make sure we made all of the right decisions that would help us create a healthy, eco-friendly home, I put a lot of research into building methods and materials that helped us create a wonderful, safe place we now live in. I want to help others build healthier, more eco-friendly homes, so I want to share what I have learned on a blog. Come back soon for tips!