Hazardous waste Class 8 corrosive liquids are usually either strong acids or strong bases and, depending on the compounds within them, can react differently with various metals and polymers.
For companies that use corrosive substances, care must be taken since they will destroy and damage other substances with which they come into contact.
Corrosives may attack a great variety of materials, including metals and various organic compounds, but people are mostly concerned with its effects on living tissue because they can cause chemical burns on contact.
What Are Class 8 Liquids?
Acids and bases vary considerably in their strength, and can generally be measured on a pH scale which ranges from 0 to 14, with pure water being a neutral 7. A strong acid generally has a pH at or under 2, while a strong base will have a pH at or above 12.
Both acids and bases are used in a wide variety of commercial manufacturing and cleaning applications, and their byproducts remain extremely dangerous even after dilution.
Why Dispose Professionally?
The U.S. DOT, the EPA, and the California Department of Toxic Substances Control prohibit corrosive liquids from being disposed of as normal waste.
In order to avoid contaminating the environment, endangering public health, or damaging municipal utilities, a professional hazardous waste management firm will safely contain corrosive liquids in separate, specialized containers.
This will reduce the risk of causing a harmful reaction between incompatible hazardous liquids, and then transport the materials to an EPA-designated landfill or processing plant.
What Are the Hazards of a Class 8 Spill?
Exposure to corrosive liquids could be catastrophic for employees and any surrounding equipment, which is why we here at IDR Environmental Services offer 24-hour emergency response services in order to limit your organization’s liability and expenses in the event of a hazardous waste spill.
Make sure that you understand your responsibilities in the event of a spill, and also your reporting requirements.