You may remember from our post and eBook on the Top 10 Hazardous Waste Generator Violations that “Failure to Perform Weekly Inspections of Hazardous Waste Storage Areas,” is among the most common ways generators violate EPA regulations.
Weekly container inspections are imperative to protect you, your company, and the health and safety of the public. By performing your weekly inspections you can identify any issues that may arise and stop sills before they happen.
The EPA recommends that companies develop and maintain a standard inspection checklist that can be used during each weekly inspection. This checklist should be detailed and include both the labeling and management procedures in place at your facility.
We have prepared a checklist (with some additional tips) which can be downloaded by clicking the button below.
This checklist can be modified to fit the needs of your facility but remember that at the very list you need to address the following:
Remember, these inspections are very important in both protecting your company from committing a violation and ensuring the protection of human health and the environment. Inspections should be detailed and methodical and should always be performed by a fully trained individual.
The EPA provides the following tips for conducting your weekly container inspections:
Quoted and cited information for this blog post (unless otherwise noted) was gathered from the EPA Handbook for Hazardous Waste Containers. As always, this blog post is not intended to be comprehensive and it is always best to check with the EPA and local government for full, up-to-date, rules and regulations.
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