Whether you generate enough chemicals for a yearly lab pack, or have one or multiple large laboratories or locations which require routine service, you have a lot to consider. Waste generators must prioritize safety and environmental compliance, so choosing a service provider that offers these complex services will save you time and helps you stay in compliance with state and federal regulations.
When assessing your commodity chemical disposal needs, you should first determine the types, volume and how often these chemicals will require disposal. Below are some commonly asked questions regarding the lab packing process;
Who is classified as a chemical waste generator?
A hazardous waste generator is anyone who produces waste as listed or characterized in part 261 of the Code of Federal Regulations. Chemical waste generators either use or produce hazardous chemicals that are subject to regulation.
What is a lab pack?
A lab pack refers to an accumulation of small amounts of compatible hazardous chemicals safely re-packaged in a properly labeled disposal container filled with absorbent material.
When should you dispose of a chemical?
- When the chemical has expired. The expiration date should be on the label, however, it is not recommended to keep hazardous chemicals for longer than 5 years.
- When the condition of its storage has become degraded. For example, if it was stored without being properly sealed or if it was stored in an unsuitable temperature.
- If you do not need or use a chemical regularly.
- When using or keeping the chemical creates more hazards than benefits.
What kinds of chemicals require lab pack services?
Chemicals commonly found in labs such as solvents, reagents, and thinners will require chemical management services such as lab packing once they are unusable. During the process, these chemicals will be segregated into groups such as oxidizers, acids, and flammables.
What is an appropriate chemical waste container?
The process of hazardous chemical transportation requires compliance with EPA regulations. This means using only DOT-approved containers. So, no matter how strong you believe the container you want to use is, unless it is approved by the Department of Transportation, you could face some pretty significant non-compliance fines.
Choosing the best material for the job is vital. For example, corrosive waste can’t be stored in a metal drum since it could eat through the metal, resulting in a leak of hazardous liquid. Hazardous waste testing may be needed to determine proper waste categorization and storage containers.
What should be on a chemical waste label?
The California DTSC requires hazardous waste labels to display:
- The beginning date of each period of accumulation
- The name and address of the generator
- A statement of hazard and hazardous properties (ex. flammable, corrosive)
How should hazardous chemicals be disposed of?
To determine the best disposal method, your chemical waste must be properly identified. At HTS, our field technicians are well-trained to perform testing that identifies waste before transporting it to a disposal facility.
HTS Environmental is a trusted provider of safe, fast, compliant, affordable, and sustainable waste management solutions for your hazardous chemical disposal needs. We are also experts in the disposal of non-hazardous or hazardous materials, on-site waste solutions, emergency response, and more. We handle all waste types from industrial and commercial institutions and facilities. Learn more about our lab pack services for a comprehensive understanding of our waste collection and management process.
We provide services across Southern California, from San Diego to Bakersfield. Our experienced drivers, specialists, and fleet of vehicles will ensure that your waste is managed efficiently in compliance with federal and state regulations. Furthermore, your customer service representative will make you a priority and is always ready to address your concerns, making HTS a premier choice for your unique challenges.