postheadericon Safety Compliance During Hazardous Waste Removal

If you run a business that produces any amount of hazardous waste, then you must ensure that you dispose of this waste safely and in compliance with the law. Incorrect disposal of hazardous waste poses a danger to the person disposing the waste, as well as those individuals who may come into contact with this waste product. You can also be fined thousands of pounds if you do not dispose of hazardous waste in the correct manner. As a business, you have a duty of care to both your employees and the general public, in which you should do no harm. Below we share with you the rules and regulations for safely disposing of your business’s hazardous waste.

What is hazardous waste?

Hazardous waste is defined as that which is either harmful to the environment or to humans. So, examples of hazardous waste include the following;

Pesticides
Asbestos
Batteries (large car or machinery.)
Chemicals such as print timer
Oils
Solvents
Fridges
Containers that hold hazardous waste

Therefore you firstly need to identify what waste is classified as hazardous. This waste then needs to be separated from the general waste and stored correctly, ready for collection and disposal.

Hazardous waste removal

It is very important that hazardous waste is disposed of, or recycled, correctly. This process begins by properly removing the waste from your business to the area in which it is to be disposed or recycled. You therefore need to use an authorised company or business to remove the waste. The hazardous waste carrier needs to be registered as a hazardous waste carrier, and the site in which the waste is to be disposed of, also needs to have an environmental permit.

To make this process legal you need to fill in a consignment note, one copy of which you need to keep for your own records. This note should be kept for a minimum of three years at the business premises. If you need to move hazardous waste then you must fill out a consignment note. A copy of this note will also need to be in transit with the waste until it arrives at the place of disposal.

Notification of disposal of hazardous waste

When your hazardous waste has been disposed of by a relevant company, then you should receive a consignee return note. This is simply a record of all waste that has been received and then disposed of by the consignee. If you do not receive a consignee note, then you must contact the company who are responsible and obtain one for your records.

Transporting your own hazardous waste for disposal

You are allowed to transport your own hazardous waste for disposal purposes, but you do need to meet certain requirements as a hazardous waste carrier.

If you are unsure of the relevant places in which to dispose of your hazardous waste, then the Gov.UK website has a useful webpage with relevant information, that can be found at
www.gov.uk/guidance/access-the-public-register-for-environmental-information.

Disposal of hazardous waste must be done correctly and in compliance with the law. We hope you have found this short guide informative.

 

For more information, visit: Hazco Waste.

 

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