Hazardous Waste Training In Ri

Written by Shirley Parker
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If we stop to think about it, hazardous waste surrounds us almost everywhere. Even private residences contain hazardous waste, though we'd rather not know that's what it is. We all recognize this stuff: grandpa's old TV that doesn't work but there it sits in the garage; the fried circuit boards from the last power surge to hit the neighborhood before we knew about APC power backup systems; and the discarded batteries tossed in the junk room wastebasket that hasn't been emptied for weeks.

Hazards even include the stale gasoline for the rusted-out lawn mower, as well as the propane canister attached to the old grill that a friend "gifted" you with when he was moving out of state three years ago. Hazardous waste may be flammable, corrosive, explosive, or toxic. If it oxidizes, it's also a hazard. Household cleaners like ammonia and chlorine bleach should never be mixed together, due to the poisonous vapors that would result.

The HazMat team is always called out when chlorine or unknown gases escape from a business of any kind. When a warehouse has caught fire, it may be turpentine, paints, plastics, foam rubber and other possibly unknown materials that are burning, giving off extremely toxic fumes. These vapors can spread far from the scene of the incident before dissipating, so blocks of housing may need to be evacuated.

Hazardous Waste Training

If you own a business that has to deal with hazardous waste, then it is critical that all staff is properly trained. There are courses available from accredited schools that teach all the necessary information on how to properly handle hazardous waste, how to comply with regulations, and how to properly ship and recycle waste. Some schools also offer on-site training. They will come to your place of business and train all your employees on the necessary safety procedures and emergency response techniques.


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