In this day and age hazardous waste can be found in the workplace, at home, and nearly everywhere in between. For the safety of the environment and the health of employees it’s imperative for hazardous materials and waste to be treated with extreme caution.
Now, just because you don’t work in a nuclear power plant or work with heavy machinery doesn’t mean you’re exempt from this ordeal.
That clock that sits atop your workstation functions with batteries, right? Well, when the batteries eventually die how will you dispose of them? If you answered “the rubbish can” then this article is for you. Let’s look at the many ways to store and clean up hazardous materials.
Is My Waste Hazardous?
Identifying which everyday products are hazardous can be tricky. Double check this list just to be sure:
- Mechanical oils
- Vehicle fluids
- Oil based paints
- Metal waste (mercury, lead, copper)
These are just a few of the types of hazardous waste you may come face to face with. For a complete breakdown, consult the following list by Envirostars.org.
Smoking Stations with Cigarette Disposal
Many office buildings feature stations or shelters to accommodate smokers, like this Perspex Shelter structure sold by Safe Options. If your place of business has one of these stations set up, it’s important to dispose of the cigarette properly because they are not biodegradable and can start a fire if not put out properly. Personal ashtrays are one way to avoid littering if there aren’t any other methods readily available.
Incineration Destroys Toxic Materials
If you have the resources to incinerate hazardous waste, then by all means do it. The incineration process can destroy toxic organisms in the waste which as a result reduces the amount of overall waste. Incineration is typically used by hospitals or medical practices and industries who handle livestock like farms or zoos.
Chemical Storage Cabinets
In the event that you can’t immediately dispose of hazardous materials, it may be a wise choice to invest in a cabinet designed for chemicals. The Armorgard CHEMCUBE CCC3 Plastic COSHH Cabinet abides by all UK environmental regulations and has adjustable shelving for 125 litre capacity. It has a leak proof base to prevent accidental spillage plus hazard warning signs that come fitted on the doors.
Check with your local environmental protection agency to find out which community initiatives are in place to deal with hazardous materials.