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Hazardous Waste checklist

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Hazardous Waste Identification Questionnaire

  • The waste must be a liquid with a flash point below 140ºF.
  •  The waste is capable of causing fire through friction, absorption, moisture or spontaneous chemical changes.
  •  The waste is an ignitable compressed gas.
  •  The waste is classified as an oxidizer by the United States Department of Transportation.
  •  The waste must be a liquid with a pH less than or equal to 2 or has a pH greater than or equal to 12.6.
  •  The waste is unstable and readily undergoes violent reaction without detonation.
  •  The waste reacts violently with water.
  •  The waste, when mixed with water, forms potentially explosive mixtures.
  •  The waste, when mixed with water, forms toxic gases or fumes.
  •  The waste contains cyanide or sulfides which generate toxic gases when exposed to a pH less than or equal to 2 or greater than or equal to 12.5.
  • The waste does contain leachable levels of certain metals or chemical contaminants.

Generators of Regulated Amounts of Hazardous Waste

  • The container storing hazardous waste does meet US Department of Transportation container requirements
  • The container storing hazardous waste is in good condition
  • The container storing hazardous waste is compatible with the waste material. (For instance, solvents and paint waste should be placed in steel drums, but acidic or alkaline waste should not be placed in steel drums.)
  • The container storing hazardous waste is kept securely closed when not in use.
  • The container storing hazardous waste is at or near the point of generation and under the operator’s control
  • The container storing hazardous waste is marked with the words “Hazardous Waste”
  • If the container is being shipped for disposal, arrangements have been made for a Licensed Treatment, Storage, and Disposal (TSD) facility to accept your hazardous wastes
  • If the container is being shipped for disposal, arrangements with a registered Hazardous Waste Hauler have been made for transport of wastes to the TSD facility
  • Hazardous waste manifests have been completed for all shipments of hazardous wastes within your state (or other State’s Manifest for shipments to other States).
  • A copy of the manifest with the signature of the initial transporter and date of shipment has been retained by the employer
  • The Hauler has been supplied with all remaining copies of the manifest
  • Land Ban forms have been completed prohibiting land disposal of affected wastes unless treated below regulatory levels
  • Appropriate markings and labels have been affixed to containers prior to shipment
  • The Hauler’s vehicle has been inspected by the generator (or his/her designee) to ensure proper placarding before leaving the generators premises.
  • The employer has kept a copy of each signed manifest for at least three years, or until a copy if received from the owner and operator of the facility which received the waste for at least three years
  • The employer has prepared and submitted a copy of a Biennial Report to the EPA Regional Administrator by March 1 of each even numbered year for all hazardous waste shipped off-site for treatment, storage or disposal

Satellite Accumulation Sites

  • The quantity of waste is less than 55 gallons or less than 1 quart for acutely toxic waste
  • If the quantities of hazardous waste exceed the amounts in question 17, the containers are moved within three days to a less than 90-day accumulation area or off site to an authorized facility

Small Quantity Generator (Generate between 100 and 1000 Kilograms of Hazardous Waste Per Month

  • Hazardous waste containers have been accumulated at your facility for 180 days or less
  • Containers are marked with accumulation start date
  • Container labels are visible
  • Containers are segregated according to waste type
  • The containers are inspected weekly
  • There is adequate aisle space between container rows
  • There is immediate access to communication or alarm systems whenever hazardous waste is poured, mixed or handled
  • There is an adequate supply of fire extinguishers and spill control equipment in the accumulation area
  • There is adequate water pressure to supply fire hoses
  • The fire fighting equipment, communications and alarm equipment, and decontamination equipment, spill control and water supply is tested and maintained
  • The police, fire department and emergency response teams have been familiarized with the layout of the facility
  • There are written agreements with emergency response contractors and equipment suppliers
  • Arrangements have been made with the local hospitals to familiarize them with the properties of the hazardous waste handled at your facility and the types of injuries which may result from contact with these wastes. (This is usually a letter to the local hospitals identifying the wastes generated and the types of injuries that result from contact with the waste.)
  • There is an emergency coordinator on-site or on call who is available to respond to an emergency
  • The following information is posted next to the telephone: the name and telephone number of the emergency coordinator; the location of fire extinguishers and spill control material, and, if present, fire alarm; and the telephone number of the fire department, unless the facility has a direct alarm
  • All employees are thoroughly familiar with proper waste handling and emergency procedures, relevant to their responsibilities during normal facility operations and emergencies
  • The school has notified the EPA Regional Administrator of any manifests which were not received for shipments made to a designated facility within 60 days

Large Quantity Generator (Generate More Than 1000 Kilograms of Hazardous Waste Per Month

  • Hazardous waste containers have been accumulated at your facility for 90 days or less
  • Containers are marked with accumulation start date
  • Container labels are visible
  • Containers are segregated according to waste type
  • The containers are inspected weekly
  • Containers of ignitable and reactive wastes are located greater than 50 feet from the facility’s property line
  • There is adequate aisle space between container rows
  • There is immediate access to communication or alarm systems whenever hazardous waste is poured, mixed or handled.
  • There is an adequate supply of fire extinguishers and spill control equipment in the accumulation area
  • There is adequate water pressure to supply fire hoses
  • The fire fighting equipment, spill control and water supply is tested and maintained
  • The police, fire department and emergency response teams have been familiarized with the layout of the facility
  • There are written agreements with emergency response contractors and equipment suppliers
  • Arrangements have been made with the local hospitals to familiarize them with the properties of the hazardous waste handled at your facility and the types of injuries which may result from contact with these wastes. (This is usually a letter to the local hospitals identifying the wastes generated and the types of injuries that result from contact with the waste.)
  • A contingency plan has been developed describing the actions to be taken by facility personnel in the event of a fire, explosion or hazardous materials release
  • The plan does describe arrangements with local authorities including fire police, and emergency medical services personnel, for handling such emergencies
  • The plan does list telephone numbers for the emergency coordinator and alternates
  • The plan list does the locations and capabilities of emergency equipment kept at the facility including fire extinguishers, spill control equipment and communications and alarm systems and decontamination systems
  • The plan does include primary and alternate evacuation routes for employees
  • A copy of the plan is available at the facility for inspection
  • A copy of the plan has been forwarded to local emergency agencies including police, fire, emergency medical, the local emergency planning committee, and any emergency response contractors who may be called upon during an incident
  • There are provisions for updating the Contingency Plan as operations and/or personnel change
  • The training program is directed by a person trained in hazardous waste management procedures
  • The training program is designed to ensure that personnel are able to respond effectively
  • The training program does include: (i) Procedures for using, inspecting, repairing, and replacing facility emergency and monitoring equipment; (ii) Key parameters for automatic waste feed cut-off systems; (iii) Communications or alarm systems; (iv) Response to fires or explosions; (v) Response to ground-water contamination incidents
  • The training program does include: (vi) Shutdown of operations. a. The use of personnel safety equipment b. Procedures for using facility emergency and monitoring equipment c. Procedures for utilizing communications or alarm systems d. Response procedures for fires and explosions e. Ground water contamination response procedures
  • Training is provided within 6 months of the date of employment or assignment to an area involving the handling of hazardous waste
  • Training is reviewed annually
  • Training is documented with the following information: 1) Job title for each position and the name of the person filling each job; 2) A written job description; 3) A description of the training given; and 4) Documentation of actual training
  • Training records are maintained for at least three (3) years
  • The employer has contacted the transporter and/or owner or operator of the designated facility of any manifests which were not received for shipments made to a designated facility within 35 days
  • An Exception Report has been submitted to the EPA regional Administrator if the generator has not received a copy of the manifest within 45 days
  • Biennial Reports and Exception reports are kept on file for 3 years