Chemicals, solvents and similar liquids can pose serious environmental and health hazards when not handled properly. Businesses risk losing not only money but work sites as well if toxic liquids are not properly stored and removed. There are rules and regulations in Australia about how to handle liquid chemical waste. In addition, the local government where the business or the facility is located at may have additional rules. It can be frustrating for some companies to remove hazardous chemical material. Unlike solid waste, the liquid chemicals are highly prone to spilling and causing harmful vapours. Because the risks are so high, here are several suggestions for properly prepping liquid chemical waste at any facility for removal.
Use Standard Labels
One of the first rules of liquid waste disposal is appropriately labelling the containers. Follow established safety guidelines when labelling containers. Do not label, as you like. Know what the established standard is before slapping a label on a container. Check the regulatory guidelines set by the relevant government body for labelling hazardous chemical waste. Standard labels make life easier for everyone involved. It will be easy for the company’s workers to handle the waste container, and it will be even easier for the removal company.
Use Only Sealable Containers
Do not try to cut costs when it comes to buying containers for chemical waste. For liquids, always use sealable containers that minimize the risk of spills. Do not underestimate the legal and financial cost of spilt chemical waste. Sealed containers not only prevent substances from spilling out, it also prevents substances from getting inside. Some chemicals that come into contact could cause nasty reactions, even serious cases such as anexplosion. Therefore, make sure the containers are well sealed for transportation.
Buy Compatible Containers
Not all waste containers are created equal. There are specific types of containers made for different types of chemical waste. For example, acidic waste requires a certain type of plastic container that the acid cannot eat through. The containers may also have corrosion-resistant properties, among others, that prevent the chemicals from leaking out or reacting to natural substances in the air. Therefore, do your research and buy the right containers designed to safely hold particular types of liquid chemical waste.
Restrict Waste Store Areas
If chemical waste is stored in one area, make sure that area is inaccessible to everyone except authorized personnel. The authorized personnel are the employees who are trained to handle the chemicals stored. It may be necessary to lock up the area where the containers are. This will prevent any unexpected accidents involving employees.
Don’t Plan on Storing Waste for Prolonged Periods
Only keep chemical waste on your plant or facility until it’s time for removal. Do not store waste for extended periods. When the containers are ready for removal, make sure they are removed. Do not keep on stacking the containers. Take the necessary steps to absolutely limit how much hazardous waste is present in your facility.
It will also be necessary to develop a monitoring system for chemical waste on site. Hire a reputable contractor for removing liquid chemical waste. Proper contractors can assist businesses in how to properly store waste until pickup. There should be well-trained employees on site who can monitor how the disposal system is functioning on a continuing basis.