One of the more serious conditions that business owners face is the presence of hazardous waste in the workplace. If hazardous waste is present, employers must have it removed in a prompt, safe manner which limits exposure to employees. Most businesses have a system in place that processes the removal of hazardous waste. However, there may be circumstances in which some waste is unaccounted for or is present but not readily detected.
Discovery of Hazardous Waste
A business can find itself with hazardous ...
This article is part of our new “Need to Know” series. Stay tuned for more articles explaining the basics of environmental dangers and remediation throughout the coming months!
Identifying and cleaning up hazardous waste can be an expensive proposition for many companies that are caught between the presence of the waste materials, the regulations imposed by the government, and the cost of the clean-up itself.
What is Hazardous Waste?
Hazardous waste is material which is no longer needed and presents a danger to the health and wellbeing of ...
The dangers of lead have been known for decades and both state and federal government entities have taken substantial steps to eliminate lead from a wide variety of products, including gasoline and paint. However, lead is still present in some products, most notably car or vehicle batteries. This has prompted the State of California to charge a fee to both retailers and produces of lead batteries to curb their use.
Fees for Purchase or Sale of Lead-Acid Batteries
Those who purchase or sell ...
Any business that must deal with hazardous waste may face considerable fines if they do not remove and dispose of it properly and legally. Recently, the Department of Health & Human Services in Humboldt County issued fines to four separate businesses for their failure to comply with storage and disposal standards.
Antich Automotive, Eureka: $6,080 in fines for waste oil spill
Figas Construction, Arcata: $14,000 in fines for illegal transportation of hazardous waste
Hoopa Valley Ready-Mix, Willow Creek: $7,835 in fines ...
When most people think of hazardous waste, they think of runoff from huge manufacturing plants that use chemicals in the creation of their products. The truth is, however, that there are many types of hazardous waste in our homes. While cleaning chemicals are usually formulated to be safe to go down the drain (with some notable exceptions), the electronics that most people have in their homes can often be classified as hazardous waste, meaning that these electronics should not go in the ...
When most people hear “trichloroethylene,” they probably have no frame of reference for this chemical, what it is used for, or how it gets into drinking water. This is one of the most common industrial solvents on the market. It is clear, doesn’t catch of fire, and has a sweet smell that makes it ideal for cleaning a huge variety of things. Runoff from manufacturing plants and businesses that use this solvent can affect the health of drinking water in some ...
Just about any type of manufacturing is going to have some sort of waste. Many industries will find themselves having to deal with industrial waste materials, and they might not know exactly what to do with them. These types of waste will be laden with hazardous chemicals and it is important to dispose of them properly to make sure that no humans, animals, or land come into contact with them. This waste usually cannot be handled by municipal waste management organizations, ...
You may actually be throwing hazardous waste away and not even realize it. There are many items in our homes that are actually classified as hazardous waste, and should therefore be disposed of separately form the rest of our household waste. Here’s what you need to be aware of:
Batteries are a part of just about every home’s power supply, and while most alkaline batteries can be thrown away with the rest of the garbage (or recycled if you have the facilities ...
There are a surprising number of companies that create some kind of hazardous waste during their everyday manufacturing processes. Making a small change to how this waste is handled and disposed of can have rippling effects, not just for that business and its bottom line, but also for the environment. Luckily, there are a number of creative ways that companies can cut down on pollution, while also saving money.
In short, it simply requires a little bit of pragmatic and creative management ...
There are still companies illegally washing hazardous waste into water systems all over the world. It’s difficult to argue that there’s nothing morally wrong with this kind of dumping when the physical and environmental side effects of hazardous waste are obvious. For example, the criminals who dump reduced-duty diesel in rivers in Ireland, can’t deny that when the sludge touches a person or animal, it creates serious chemical burns. That’s one of the reasons this substance is classified as hazardous waste.