Storing hazardous waste properly is a significant part of your waste duty of care. As a waste producer, you must ensure that no person comes into contact with hazardous waste and that the environment won’t be detrimentally affected either.
Storing hazardous waste is often a case of following your common sense and taking all precautions. There is never any good reason to take a risk. Compliance and health and safety are at the core of most industries whether you run a construction company or a factory.
Bunded Storage Tanks
Hazardous waste must be stored safely and bunded storage is necessary for fluids such as fuels. Fuel storage tanks come in all shapes and sizes so you can choose the best model for your needs.
Bunded storage simply means that the container has a sort of drip tray to catch any potential leakage. This is important because you have a duty of care to ensure that the hazardous waste is contained at all times.
However, it is important that you don’t mix different hazardous liquids in the same storage unit. Different wastes have different waste codes and therefore require different treatments and disposal solutions. You won’t be doing anyone any favours by making that process more difficult!
Locks and Signage
Unfortunately, we can’t always control who goes looking for things on site so it is imperative that any hazardous wastes are kept stored under lock and key. A simple padlock should be fine to prevent anyone accessing any hazardous wastes by accident but additional signs should be placed around the storage unit so that everyone knows exactly what is contained within.
Signs should indicate the nature of the hazardous waste clearly on the outside of the storage unit. Ideally, there should also be a list of each waste type and the quantity so that everyone can see what should be there. This list will also help the emergency services should any accident occur on the site.
Your waste duty of care requires the waste producer to ensure compliant disposal of hazardous waste. This means that you must ensure that your waste is treated correctly by carriers and disposers with the correct permits. By putting so much pressure onto the waste producer, the environment agency has made life a bit more complex but the reality is that as long as you double check every form and keep track of your waste, it should be fine.
Storing hazardous waste is a common issue for all kinds of industries but by following your common sense and using safety procedures, you can greatly minimize the risks involved. Even so, you should always endeavor to remove the waste as quickly and safely as possible.
An easy way to do this is to hire a waste management company who can deal with all this for you. They will also be able to suggest the best ways to store your hazardous wastes on site, especially if you have a large quantity or a more complex disposal issue.