When a business generates potentially hazardous waste as part of their day to day operations, it is necessary to have the appropriate waste treatment procedures in place. When hazardous waste is involved, there are certain requirements set out by the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) which must be followed. These regulations act as a great motivator to be on top of waste treatment procedures since all waste activities are tracked and reported to the state. Being in breach of these regulations could result in a fine or other penalties.
Whenever hazardous materials remain on site rather than being processed using the appropriate waste management procedures, it presents a risk to the health of employees and also the environment. That will, in turn, put the business at risk. Waste not handled properly increases the risk of employee injuries, hefty government fines and of course potential lawsuits.
Steps to Avoid Problems with Waste
Even if an appropriate waste treatment procedure is in place, it is inevitable that at some stage the waste is going to be sitting in the workplace. Ideally, this will only be for a short period. However, even just a few hours is long enough for accidents to happen, so on top of implementing waste treatment procedures, it is also necessary to take steps to reduce your liability. A few of these steps are outlined below:
- Train All Employees in Dealing with Waste – If your staff is trained in how to properly handle and store waste before it goes through the treatment process, then you can reduce the likelihood of spills and other accidents.
- Ensure All Waste is Stored Appropriately – It is essential that all waste is stored appropriately while it is waiting for the appropriate waste treatment to be carried out. This may include using the correct type of drums or containers to store the waste in. If you are using a professional waste treatment service, then they will likely provide the appropriate storage.
- Do Not Allow Waste to Pile Up – If a company is only producing a small amount of potentially hazardous waste periodically, there is a temptation to wait until there is a more substantial amount before triggering the treatment process. It could be seen as a money saving exercise. However, while costs may decrease, the risk of an accident and the associated damages, and expenses, increase. Timely and effective waste management practices are critical to ensuring safety and compliance.
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