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Safe to Dispose? Tips on Hazardous Waste
One of the biggest mistakes businesses can make is improperly disposing of hazardous materials. Not only may you be putting your family, business, and customers at risk, you’re facing potential legal consequences. It’s important to always dispose of hazardous materials safely and legally. Here are some tips on properly disposing of hazardous waste to keep everyone safe.
Always be sure that you’re clearly labelling containers that hold hazardous materials. Use pre-printed warning labels that won’t come off of the container. You should also include a label that says the name of the hazardous material to avoid any confusion upon disposal.
Limit Hazardous Waste Volume
Businesses should do what they can to limit the volume of hazardous waste they’re producing. The less hazardous waste produced, the less risk involved. Create a team to analyse the amount of hazardous waste or run a contest to get ideas on how to reduce waste. You’ll be bringing your employees together and tackling excess waste at the same time.
Use Compatible Containers
Always check to make sure that your containers are compatible with the hazardous material they’re holding. Some materials can eat away at specific plastics, and if you’re not careful, you could have hazardous material eating away at their containers. A hazardous waste leak or spill can prove disastrous for you and your business.
Make Sure Containers Are Properly Sealed
Have a designated quality check for each of your hazardous waste containers to make sure that they are properly sealed. If not, some of the hazardous material could leak from the container, or another material could enter the container and cause a harmful reaction. Some chemicals can react violently when exposed to other chemicals or substances.
Have a Designated Waste Area
Keep your hazardous waste away from your regular waste and away from your employees and customers. Having a designated hazardous waste area can help minimise risk. Clearly mark the hazardous waste area and always monitor it to make sure there are no unauthorised personnel in the hazardous waste zone.
Train Your Employees on Hazardous Waste
Training is essential to maintain a safe working environment. If your business handles hazardous materials entering or leaving Australia, you are required to train them on the Hazardous Waste (Regulation of Imports and Exports) Act of 1989. Even if you’re not dealing with imports and exports, it’s a good idea to cover the Act and provide thorough training on the handling of hazardous materials.
Have Contact Information Handy
Always have emergency contact information handy in case of emergency. We recommend keeping a list of contacts for paramedics, firemen, and emergency responders. Hazardous materials can act unpredictably when not handled properly. Having a list of emergency contacts is an important step to keeping your employees safe.
Call For Help If Needed
If something does go wrong, don’t be afraid to call for help. From questions on how to handle hazardous materials to emergency help, you should always call if you need help regarding hazardous materials. Our team is passionate about safety and we are a great resource if you have any general questions. You can also contact the Department of the Environment and Energy or check out their website for questions about hazardous materials and how to dispose of them.