So, you were never that great at taking tests in school, but can your company pass it's hazardous waste storage containers inspections?
The proper handling of hazardous waste is critical to the protection of the health and safety of the public, your company, and most importantly to you. If any employee, who is responsible for the weekly inspection, fails to perform their duties responsibly, everyone is at potential risk of serious health problems.
It's better to be able to prevent toxic spills before they happen, rather than working to clean up a preventable mess and health risk.
State and federally mandated weekly inspections will ensure that your company follows EPA regulations and the EPA has put together a detailed handbook that includes management and labeling procedures you should have in place.
The EPA sums up their Best Practices Handbook with these points:
Here are the minimum standards that your checklist should include:
Visual inspections should be thorough. You've seen how long it takes pilots to check airplanes for damage prior to flight. You should just as thorough when inspecting your containers.
Most of us don't buy groceries where the canned goods are bulging or dented, doesn't that make you think something is wrong with them? Corrosion on the can certainly would, so apply the same standard here.
You must know what's in each container, how long it's been there and what dangers it could lead to, and how to mitigate any issues.
Are combustibles in a proper storage area? Does your facility have a "blast wall" separating the combustibles from other wastes? Can your employees do a complete walk around the containers?
In the area of health, safety and proper handling, taking both risk and shortcuts is improper handling.
Here are some TIPS for conducting proper weekly inspections:
Check with the EPA and your local hazardous waste disposal company for complete and up to date, rules and regulations. As we know, lawmakers love to make new laws, and being prepared for the next test is always a best practice.