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Hazardous Waste Guidelines


 

Hazardous Waste Guidelines

  • General Information
    • No hazardous, regulated, or industrial wastes may be dumped down or discharged to any sanitary or storm drain/sewer.
    • Only trained personnel or those working under the supervision of trained personnel may manage waste. Waste Management Training is required if an employee has the responsibility for:
      • Determining what is a hazardous waste
      • Adding hazardous waste into accumulation containers
      • Transporting hazardous waste from accumulation points to permanent storage
      • Inspecting hazardous waste storage areas Responding to spills involving hazardous wastes
      • New employees may not manage or handle hazardous waste unless supervised. Employees will receive training in the management and handling of hazardous waste within six months of commencing work with hazardous waste
    • Hazardous wastes may be accumulated in areas close to the point of generation (accumulation area) and that are under the control of the area supervisor.
    • No more that 55-gallons of hazardous waste may be stored in an accumulation area. No more than 1 quart of acutely hazardous waste may be stored in an accumulation area.
    • Containers of waste in excess of quantities listed above must be moved from an accumulation area within 3 days.
    • The waste container must be in good condition. If the waste container holding the hazardous waste is not in good condition, or if it begins to leak, bulge, rust or is otherwise damaged, the hazardous waste from this container must be transferred to a container that is in good condition.
    • Shelves used to hold waste containers must be in good condition.
    • Flammable storage cabinets must be used for any room having in excess of 25 gallons of flammable material.
    • A container must be used that is made with or lined with materials, which will not react with, and are otherwise compatible with, the hazardous waste to be stored, so that the ability of the container to contain the waste is not impaired.
    • Containers of incompatible materials must be segregated. (Refer to attached Incompatibility Chart)
    • Store potential explosives securely and separately (peroxides, perchlorates, picrics, etc.)
    • A container holding hazardous waste must always be closed during storage, except when it is necessary to add or remove waste.
    • A container holding hazardous waste must not be opened, handled, or stored in a manner, which may rupture the container or cause it to leak.
  • Management Practices: Packaging
    • When packaging any type of waste for collection, do not fill more than 3/4 full. Allow space in containers for expansion of vapors.
    • All materials that pose a potential puncture hazard (e.g., hypodermic needles, broken glass, and plastic-ware) must be packaged in puncture resistant containers prior to removal from the work area.
    • Do not mix non-hazardous waste with hazardous wastes (e.g., regulated medical waste, asbestos, chemical, radioactive waste) or package non-hazardous waste in hazardous waste containers.
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