Removing trash from your business is not overly complicated. Most business owners will rent a dumpster or contract with the trash service to remove the waste regularly. But when your business generates waste that is classified as hazardous, you need to develop a plan to manage the waste while it is on the property and to dispose of it properly.
Developing A Plan
The most crucial step in dealing with hazardous waste is creating a plan and implementing it. It is critical that every employee dealing with the dangerous material understands the dangers of the matter, and how to protect themselves while working with it. This includes understanding how to dispose of the material safely. Your plan will outline the proper handling and disposal of the substance so everyone involved deals with the material consistently and correctly. If you do not have a plan in place, people may end up putting the material where it does not belong, creating a more substantial hazard than already exists.
Working With Waste Disposal Companies
It is essential to work with local waste disposal companies in the development of your plan. You will need to find a company that can deal with the material you need to dispose of — remember, not every waste disposal company will be able to handle your material. Some of the waste disposal companies in your area may deal with hazardous materials in other forms, but not in the way you are generating. For instance, if the material can be a solid or liquid state, the disposal company may deal with the solid but not have the ability to deal with liquid. Talk to and secure hazardous waste management services early in the process so that you can rule out companies that will not be able to meet your requirements.
Set Up Your Facility
Once you have a plan in place, you need to set up your facility in accordance with that plan. The plan is no good to anyone if it is not implemented right away. Determine where your waste containers need to be and put them there. Distribute your plan to your employees so they understand the guidelines and procedures they must follow. It is critical that all the tools and equipment are available to work with the material safely and that every employee knows where to find them. Your responsibility does not stop at writing your plan. Once this plan is in place you need to follow it and provide everything spelled out in that plan for as long as you are working with that material.