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 ...
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 ...
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 ...