Using and Maintaining Hazardous Waste Containers

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For example, hazardous liquids can be contained and transported in special tankard trucks designed for the purpose. Dedicated storage containers are also used for items such as lead acid batteries, fluorescent tube lighting strips, and racked containers with integral sumps can be used for smaller chemical waste containers or old paint tins.

There are stringent laws and regulations governing the use of hazardous waste containers and their transportation. Moving or transporting hazardous waste requires a consignment note. The environmental regulator of the area can track the movement of hazardous waste through consignment notes, thereby knowing its ultimate fate.

To comply with the regulations governing movements it is necessary too keep all required consignment notes for a minimum of at least three years.

If you choose to use a registered waste carrier, or one that is legally exempt from registration, then the question of whether or not you have the right waste containers is no longer a problem. The waste must still be accompanied by a proper consignment note and it must be transported to a facility that holds a proper environmental permit in order for the process to stay within the law.

Containers that hold the waste should all be clearly and properly labelled. All hazardous waste has been categorised in Europe. This means that a number is used to identify the type of waste, its potential danger and how best to handle it in an emergency, as well as other relevant information. This kind of information should always accompany hazardous waste containers so that there can be no confusion possibly leading to regrettable mistakes.

Areas that have containers holding the waste should not be subject to high traffic throughput.

If access to such areas is restricted as much as possible, the possibility of accidents is greatly reduced. If only trained and responsible personnel are allowed to handle containers, and then only if strictly necessary, this too will limit the possibility of damage to containers leading to unwanted leaks.

Because we do not live in a perfect world where things always happen as they are supposed to, it makes good sense to keep proper spill control equipment close by any cordoned off areas that have hazardous waste containers in them. Personnel properly trained in the use of spill control equipment are another essential requirement for any company who is serious about proper management.

It should go without saying that hazardous waste containers must be kept closed and sealed at all times. The only exception to this is when waste is being added or removed. Hazardous waste by its very nature poses a potential risk to people and to the environment. Proper and responsible containment can eliminate that risk.

C. J. Rose writes on the subject of hazardous waste management and onshore/offshore environmental safety for Sureclean, global industrial waste management experts. Topics include HP & UHP water jetting, tank/vessel cleaning, vacuum transfer/pumping, industrial painting, asbestos management/removal, HVAC/duct management, NORM management. For videos see http://www.sureclean.com/video/



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This article was published on 2011/03/24
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