Guide to packaging Hazardous Waste
The packaging of hazardous waste myst be undertaken correctly to protect employees, local residents, passersby and the environment from harm. It is also a legal requirement.
The three crucial elements of successful hazardous waste management are
- Final packaging
There are various containers available for storing different types of hazardous waste, and it’s essential to use the correct container for each type.
- Containers should be kept clean, dry and free from dents, corrosion or residues
- Containers should always be stored upright
- Plastic drums must not be older than 5 years
- Always leave sufficient free space to allow for liquid expansion
- Drums must not be modified in any way, e.g. with valves or taps added
- Liquids should never be stored in open top drums
- Ensure all clamps which hold lids in place are tightly closed
- Plastic IBCs must not be older than 2.5 years and must adhere to the max permissible weight as per design
- IBCs require taps and caps which can be tightly closed and have “o” rings are in place
- IBCs require labels on two opposite sides
The European Classification, Labelling and Packaging Regulation (CLP) has been in force since 1 June 2015, which required many hazardous waste chemicals to be assessed against a new set of criteria.
- Labels should always detail the specific class of waste, and include any sub-risks, as well as all relevant CLP symbols and pictograms, so the nature and severity of the hazard is immediately apparent.
The utmost care must be taken when packing hazardous waste.
- Containers must never be overfilled
- All clamps, caps, lids and clasps must be securely fastened .
- Broken pallets should never be used to transport hazardous waste
- All packages should be firmly shrink-wrapped onto the pallets, without protruding over the edges.
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