Federal OSHA previously listed the most common hazardous waste violations last year. In an effort to reduce some of these violations, here is a list with an overview of some of those most commonly reported.
1. Improper or No Training for Hazardous Waste Management Employees
In facilities where hazardous waste must be managed, safety is a major concern. Employees that do not have the proper training or knowledge of hazards and storage procedures can cause hazardous situations that could endanger others as well as the facility itself. Hazardous conditions and facility inspection violations can be easily avoided with proper training. Be sure that employees who handle hazardous waste are trained and knowledgeable in their tasks.
2. Illegal Waste Disposal
Companies can receive significant hazardous waste violations for either purposefully or accidentally disposing of hazardous waste in the general trash, dumpsters, sewer systems, or other illegal dumping sites. Be aware of federal and local regulations regarding the type of waste you manage and how it must be disposed of.
3. Infrequent Storage Area Inspections
Waste generators are required to inspect hazardous waste storage container areas every week for signs of corrosion, leaks, or other damage. This requirement applies to every type of generator, including small quantity generators, and is a violation that can be easily avoided.
4. Inaccurate Contingency Plans
Hazardous waste generators are required to develop a contingency plan that details the specifics of what should happen in case of an accident involving the hazardous materials at your site. Missing the plan’s required elements, poor plan distribution, out-of-date, or inconsistent plans may be cause for a violation.