Hazardous Waste Class 5: Oxidizers

Posted by author Dawn DeVroom on Wed, May 22, 2013

The Department of Transportation uses a classification system that organizes hazardous chemicals and materials into different groups, referred to as classes. Examples of classes include explosives, gases, flammable solids, and radioactive materials. One class of hazardous materials that your business may use is oxidizers, which are labeled as class 5 hazardous materials. Here’s a look at what oxidizers are, and why you need a hazardous waste removal service to dispose of them for you.Hazardous Waste Class 5

What are oxidizers?

As their name suggests, oxidizers are compounds that give off oxygen while reacting with other materials. Although oxygen itself isn’t necessarily hazardous, the production of oxygen in high concentrations is extremely dangerous. In the event of a fire or chemical reaction, the presence of oxidizers can lead to massive combustion of an otherwise small, contained chemical event. For this reason, oxidizers should only be handled by highly qualified waste disposal specialists.

How are oxidizers handled?

Because oxidizers are so hazardous and reactive, they need to be disposed of and transported in a very specific way. Oxidizers need to be disposed of separately from wastes that are flammable or easy to burn, such as paper, gasoline, or wood. They should also always be sealed or tightly closed in a durable, leak-free container.

Who should handle Class 5 emergencies?

In addition to knowing how they should be transported, it’s important that your waste removal service is properly trained to handle emergency situations. Waste removal specialists should know exactly what to do in the event of any kind of spill to ensure the safety of your facility, staff, and others around you.


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