In certain industries, hazardous materials are encountered that must be disposed of in a specific way. Disposal standards are in place to protect workers from injury as well as to protect the environment. When encountering hazardous materials in the workplace as an employee or as a manager, you must know how to follow processes for safe and effective disposal.
Use the Right Materials
Certain materials are required when disposing of materials with specific chemical or physical properties. For example, a corrosive chemical or a highly abrasive semi-liquid material may need to be transported to a disposal site in rubber lined pipes. This can help prevent leakage or spilling of hazardous waste that could cause harm to people and the environment. Knowing what materials are used to transport different types of waste is essential to safely operate in a waste management facility.
Wear the Proper Equipment
Personal protective equipment, abbreviated PPE, is essential for employees managing hazardous materials. Without proper covering of the skin, eyes and mouth chemicals and abrasive materials can cause bodily harm. Therefore, all employees must be trained in the proper uniform required to carry out the essential duties of the job. Any lapse in PPE compliance should be reported and immediately addressed.
Document All Activity
When dealing with hazardous wastes and materials, it is essential that all activity be documented. This is to protect not only the environment but also the employees that deal with the materials on a daily basis. Consistent, detailed records are needed at any waste disposal operation.
Working with chemicals and abrasives is not an easy job, but when following the correct safety protocols, the job can be much safer for everyone involved. If you are involved in a waste disposal operation or material transport company, be sure that your operation is up to date on all safety training and procedures.