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Storing and Shipping Hazardous Waste Containers
Selecting the proper drum to store and ship hazardous waste is a key factor in successfully managing your wastes, not to mention complying with federal regulations.
Here are some tips to successfully store and ship your hazardous waste.
1. Safety First! Be sure to consider whether the wastes are incompatible or reactive. Combining incompatible wastes is prohibited by 40 CFR 265.177(a), unless you comply with other regulations found in 40 CFR 265.17(b). By keeping incompatible wastes separated from reactive you prevent the wastes from reacting with each other and creating a fire or explosion.
2. Make sure the waste is not going to react with the container itself. Some wastes are highly corrosive which may cause a reaction with a metal drum, possibly causing the drum to fail and release the waste. Plastic or plastic-lined drums are good solutions for corrosive wastes. Steel drums are a good choice for non-corrosive and flammable liquids.
3. A critical step in the safe handling of a hazardous waste is labeling and marking all containers accordingly. To ensure uniformity in the labeling and marking of containers while the waste is being accumulated to its ultimate disposal, both the US Department of Transportation (DOT) and US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) offer specific regulatory guidance for hazardous waste generators to follow. It is important to note that these requirements are different from the OSHA hazardous communication standard (29 CFR 1910.1200), which offers labeling guidance for hazardous waste materials that have not been designated as waste.
4. Designate a safe and sound area to store the hazardous waste. Creating the proper storage area will not only create a safe work environment, but the work that goes into planning out a designated area with the proper space, climate conditions, and safety signs will provide for a more efficient work environment.
The designated area should include:
- A location close to where the waste is generated
- Level ground with no tripping hazardous
- All proper hazardous waste signage
- Proper safety gear for entering the designated hazardous waste area
- Posted rules for entering and working in the area
- Emergency kits and contact information
With three RCRA Part B Hazardous Waste TSDF’s that provide a vast array of solutions for hazardous waste, Clean Earth prides itself in environmental integrity, customized solutions, and safety when dealing with hazardous waste. Contact a representative today, and let us customize a hazardous waste disposal plan that works for you. 877.445.DIRT or firstname.lastname@example.org.