If you’re storing hazardous waste in satellite accumulation areas, or 90-day areas, it would be wise to take a minute and review these six simple tips to avoid problematic scenarios (like spills or violations).
- Conduct a weekly inspection. Frequent inspections will keep you apprised of any potential problems – like leaning or staining from containers, poor container condition, and improper labeling. Always keep a logbook on hand, and if you or your employees discover an issue or even something that just seems unusual, be sure to keep detailed notes.
- Always keep containers closed. The only exception for this rule is when you are either adding or removing waste from its container.
- Keep containers in good condition. This is an invaluable step, as maintaining the quality of your containers is the best (and easiest) way to prevent a spill. This check-up should be done both before and after waste is added to containers, and determine whether corrosion, dents, or leaking is present. If a problem like this occurs, it is essential that the waste is moved from that container to one in good condition.
- Keep incompatible wastes separate.
- Ensure that all ignitable or reactive wastes are kept at a minimum of 50 feet from your facility’s property line. This kind of waste also cannot be stacked in an effort to save space.
- Keep ignitable or reactive wastes away from potential ignition sources. This includes operating machinery, sunlight, lit cigarettes, fire, and in some cases, water.