Federal OSHA previously listed the most commonly cited 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 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 Missing the plan’s required elements, poor plan distribution, out-of-date, or inconsistent plans may be cause for a violation.
5. Improper Container Labeling
This is a commonly reported violation due to the increased opportunity for non-compliance. Many generators have hundreds of waste accumulation containers and many employees managing them. The required label elements also vary from state to state. Violations can occur when waste is not labeled, has improper information, is missing DOT labels, or has an inaccurate waste determination.
6. Improperly Handling Mercury
Mercury is a hazardous component of items such as batteries, electronics, thermometers, light bulbs, etc. Even seemingly harmless actions like throwing away light bulbs and batteries in the regular garbage can constitute improper disposal which can lead to fines.
Your business has its’ own unique needs and choosing the best waste management plan isn’t always easy. Our staff of field technicians are prepared to perform your on-site waste management tasks on an as-needed basis. Providing on-site waste solutions is a key component of our services offered, visit our EHS compliance support page to learn more.