How to Handle a Hazardous Waste Emergency
For businesses that carry out operations that produce or contain hazardous materials, it’s vital to adhere to the strict standards set by OSHA in order to protect the health and safety of everyone involved. Let’s take a look at the best course of action if you find yourself in a hazardous waste emergency.
What Constitutes a Hazardous Waste Emergency?
When there is an uncontrolled or accidental release of a hazardous substance, it is necessary to treat this as an emergency and take the proper action. The circumstances that constitute a hazardous waste emergency are:
- The presence of a high concentration of a toxic substance
- The threat of injury or death
- Oxygen-deficient atmosphere
- Required evacuation
- Fire or explosion hazards
These scenarios can occur during hazardous waste transportation, chemical transfers, oil and fuel spills, confined space entry, and reactive-explosive stabilization. Luckily, Broadview Waste Services provides 24/7 emergency response services and can respond quickly to both land and water emergencies, day or night.
Handling Hazardous Waste Emergencies
State and federal regulations must be followed when dealing with hazardous waste. Because hazardous waste can pose a major threat to your health, you must be properly trained and certified before you handle this dangerous type of waste.
If you find yourself in a situation where hazardous waste is present and you believe an emergency situation is likely or occurring, call a hazardous waste removal company as soon as possible. They have the training necessary to handle and remove the waste so you and others on-scene are not in danger of the toxic substances and that it gets removed properly.
Emergency Hazardous Waste Removal in MD
- Pharmaceutical waste
- Radioactive waste
- Pathological waste
- Unknown & mixed waste
- Laboratory packing, decommissioning, and relocation
- Hazardous waste decontamination
- Emergency spill response