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Hazardous Waste Is a Danger to Water and Well-Being

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. Despite ... Read more

The Health Effects of Polychlorinated Biphenyls

Polychlorinated Biphenyls or "PCBs" are widely known to cause a number of serious health problems. Studies conducted on animals who have been exposed to PCBs have discovered elevated rates of cancer in animals with exposure to PCBs, as well as a number of non-cancer problems, including a depressed immune system, disrupted reproductive health and nervous system function, as well as an effected endocrine system. Studies conducted on humans have provided similar results. The cancer and non-cancer results of exposure to PCB may ... Read more

Hazardous Waste and Substances Facts

Chemicals are used to make just about everything we use, from paper, to medicine, to clothing, to gasoline. Chemicals are the building blocks of our world, and while most are perfectly safe to use, there are quite a few, especially made by humans, that can be dangerous, and which need to be disposed of properly, in order to maintain our safety. What is classified as hazardous waste? Obviously, not all chemicals are hazardous. Chemical compounds like sodium chloride (table salt), are used every ... Read more

5 Mistakes that Lead to Hazardous Waste Fines

No one wants to be slapped with a hazardous waste fine. Not only is the fine punishment, the knowledge that you may have done something that could harm the environment can weigh heavy on many people’s shoulders. This fine can also snowball in to a long and expensive legal battle and investigation. In order to avoid the hassle and the guilt, we have compiled a list of five mistakes that lead to fines. Toxic waste into the sewer system – This is ... Read more

How to Identify Waste and Determine if It Is Hazardous

When it comes to waste, how you dispose of it will depend heavily on whether or not it is hazardous. In order to make it easy to identify hazardous waste, here is a guide which should simplify the process. Is the waste solid? Keep in mind that solid waste does not necessarily mean that the waste is in a solid state, chemically speaking. Gas, liquids, and solids can all be classified as solid waste. In short, solid waste means anything that is ... Read more

What is Considered Hazardous Material?

What is Considered Hazardous Material? According to the Institute of Hazardous Waste Management, A hazardous material is any item or agent (biological, chemical, physical) which has the potential to cause harm to humans, animals, or the environment, either by itself or through interaction with other factors. Hazardous materials professionals are responsible for and properly qualified to manage such materials. This includes managing and/or advising other managers on such items at any point in their life-cycle, from process planning and development of new products; through manufacture, distribution and use; ... Read more
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