Hazardous waste is a significant concern for many businesses, especially those in industries that regularly produce such waste as part of their operations. Proper storage and handling of hazardous waste are not just good practices; they are legal requirements in the UK. This article will explore the key aspects of proper storage and handling of hazardous commercial waste.
What is Hazardous Waste?
Hazardous waste is any waste that poses substantial or potential threats to public health or the environment1. These wastes could be liquids, solids, gases, or sludges. They could be discarded commercial products, like cleaning fluids or pesticides, or the by-products of manufacturing processes1.
Importance of Proper Storage and Handling
Proper storage and handling of hazardous waste are crucial for several reasons:
- Safety: Incorrect storage and handling can lead to spills, leaks, fires, and other incidents that can pose serious risks to health and safety2.
- Legal compliance: Businesses in the UK are legally required to store and handle hazardous waste correctly. Failure to do so can result in hefty fines and legal action2.
- Environmental protection: If not stored and handled correctly, hazardous waste can cause significant environmental damage. This can include pollution of air, water, and soil2.
Guidelines for Storage and Handling
Here are some general guidelines for the storage and handling of hazardous commercial waste:
- Identify the waste: It’s important to know what kind of waste you’re dealing with. This includes understanding its properties, hazards, and any special handling requirements3.
- Use appropriate containers: Hazardous waste should be stored in containers that are compatible with the waste and can withstand physical stresses3.
- Label containers: All containers of hazardous waste should be clearly labelled with the contents and hazard warnings3.
- Store waste correctly: Hazardous waste should be stored in a designated area that is secure and has appropriate containment measures in place3.
- Train staff: Anyone who handles hazardous waste should be properly trained in safe handling procedures3.
The Role of Waste Management Companies
Many businesses choose to work with professional waste management companies like DCW to handle their hazardous waste. These companies have the expertise and equipment to safely handle, transport, and dispose of hazardous waste. They can also provide valuable advice on waste minimisation and recycling4.
Proper storage and handling of hazardous commercial waste are crucial for safety, legal compliance, and environmental protection. By following the guidelines outlined in this article, businesses can manage their hazardous waste effectively and responsibly.
For more detailed information on the storage and handling of hazardous waste, these resources may be helpful:
- Proper Handling and Storage of Hazardous Waste
- Hazardous Waste Management Facilities and Units | US EPA
- How To Store Hazardous Waste in the Workplace
- 5 Rules to Follow: Safe Handling of Hazardous Waste & Materials
- How to Store and Dispose of Hazardous Chemical Waste
- What is Hazardous Waste? – A Simple Guide ↩ ↩2
- Hazardous Waste – Health and Safety Authority ↩ ↩2 ↩3
- Hazardous Waste – Storage and Disposal ↩ ↩2 ↩3 ↩4 ↩5
- Hazardous Waste Management ↩
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