Using & Maintaining Hazardous Waste Containers

Hazardous waste containers are needed when waste that is potentially dangerous to people or to the environment is being transported or moved, or when it is being stored indefinitely. The type of container needed for this type of waste depends on the type of waste in question.

There are stringent laws and regulations governing the use of hazardous waste containers and their transportation. Moving or transporting hazardous waste requires a consignment note. The environmental regulator of the area can track the movement of hazardous waste through consignment notes, thereby knowing its ultimate fate.To comply with the regulations governing movements it is necessary too keep all required consignment notes for a minimum of at least three years.

Containers that hold the waste should all be clearly and properly labelled. All hazardous waste has been categorised in Europe. This means that a number is used to identify the type of waste, its potential danger and how best to handle it in an emergency, as well as other relevant information. This kind of information should always accompany hazardous waste containers so that there can be no confusion possibly leading to regrettable mistakes.

Areas that have containers holding the waste should not be subject to high traffic throughput. If access to such areas is restricted as much as possible, the possibility of accidents is greatly reduced. If only trained and responsible personnel are allowed to handle containers, and then only if strictly necessary, this too will limit the possibility of damage to containers leading to unwanted leaks.

It should go without saying that hazardous waste containers must be kept closed and sealed at all times. The only exception to this is when waste is being added or removed. Hazardous waste by its very nature poses a potential risk to people and to the environment. Proper and responsible containment can eliminate that risk.