Any business that generates hazardous waste as part of their operations is regulated under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) of 1976. The RCRA is the principal the principal federal law that governs hazardous waste disposal in the United States. It is crucial that businesses and organizations that generate hazardous waste as a part of their operations understand their regulatory requirements on both a federal and state level. One very crucial
area that employers often overlook pertains to the proper training of employees for both safety and handling of hazardous waste.
The first step to understanding your requirements is to understand what type of waste generator you are.
The California Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) identifies waste generators as either Large Quantity Generators (LQG’s) or Small Quantity Generators (SQG’s), and the employee training requirements are different for each. SQG’s simply must ensure that all employees are thoroughly familiar with proper waste handling and emergency procedures, relevant to their responsibilities during normal facility operations and emergencies.
LQG’s have much more stringent requirements, including:
In addition to the training requirements the following documents must also be maintained:
Maintaining compliance with federal and state hazardous waste statutes can be a complicated process for many companies. A qualified waste management company can be of great help by looking at current procedures including employee safety and training programs. They can also help by looking at opportunities for Large Quantity Generators to minimize waste streams and change to Small Quantity Generator status. This type of change can save time, money and minimize regulatory headaches.