If you own a small business such as an auto repair shop or dry cleaners that regularly generates hazardous waste products, then it is important you know how to safely store and dispose of them. This is vital because unsafe or improper storage can lead to serious injuries or even death.
Hazardous and toxic waste substances are identified as those that have at least one of the following characteristics:
- harmful to humans
- harmful to the environment
In addition, substances that contain polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) are also classified as toxic wastes and require specialized disposal.
To protect your business and staff from injury here is some information about the proper storage and disposal of toxic waste products:
Correctly Label and Store Your Hazardous Waste Products
It cannot be overstated that your business must correctly and safely store hazardous waste. All toxic waste products must be stored in leak-proof, sturdy containers. Each container must have a tight-fitting lid and should always be kept tightly closed when not in use.
Each waste storage container must be labeled with their contents and marked as "Hazardous Waste" or "Toxic Waste" so anyone who approaches the container will know it contains a toxic substance.
If you choose to store your toxic waste outdoors, then you must protect the containers from the weather by storing them under an overhang. Additionally, the storage containers should be set on a solid surface such as concrete or asphalt. Additionally, you should place a locked fence around the toxic waste's containers to keep people away from them when your business is closed.
Dispose of Hazardous Waste Using a Professional Service
If your business regularly generates hazardous waste, then you should hire a professional toxic waste disposal service to transport it off to the transfer station or recycling center. Instead of putting yourself or your staff in danger, it is always safer to let the professionals haul anything hazardous away from your site.
Train Employees to Handle Hazardous Waste Safely and Prepare Written Emergency Procedures
Finally, if your business has employees, then they must be trained on how to properly handle the hazardous waste your company generates. Your business should also have written emergency procedures in case a leak or other problem comes up while an employee is alone on site. These two simple things will go a long way towards keeping your staff safe from toxic waste.