Hazardous Waste Clearance: A Primer for Businesses

There are many different types of businesses that handle hazardous materials on a routine basis. If you are one of them you have to be very aware of the legal requirements for handling, storing and disposing of those materials. Since they could potentially affect the entire community in a negative manner you have to protect yourself by understanding the law surrounding the hazardous materials you are using.

Even if you are breaking the law without knowing it you could face serious criminal charges and high fines that could put stress on your business. It is best to be aware of the hazardous waste you produce and the proper methods for disposing of it when you no longer need it.

Determining Your Hazardous Waste

If you use any material that could be dangerous to humans or the environment you are dealing with hazardous materials that are regulated. You have to be very careful with how you store these materials so they do not become a contaminant or danger to those working in your business and then you have to be very careful about how you dispose of those materials or the packaging that contained them.

In many cases you will know which materials you work with are legally considered toxins or dangerous hazards. In other cases you may have your doubts and will need to consult with a professional to determine your responsibilities when dealing with those exact materials.

The easiest way to deal with this is to contact a professional clearance company that is legally cleared to deal with hazardous waste. They can help you determine what is considered hazardous on your property and advise you on how to go about clearing it away on a routine basis. Many will come to your property on a regular basis to clear away these dangerous materials, ensuring they are always properly disposed of without harming anyone or anything.

Getting Rid of Hazardous Waste

The Environmental Agency is the governing board that deals with businesses and their hazardous waste issues. You can check with this agency online to register your business so you are allowed to work with hazardous materials and to find out how to properly store, use and dispose of those hazardous materials. This is important because you could face serious fines and even jail time if you are deemed out of compliance with these legal responsibilities.

You don’t want to get caught working with and disposing of hazardous materials without a registration with this agency, so make sure to check with them if you suspect something you are using may be considered toxic in any manner.

Once you are registered and know that you are properly storing your hazardous materials it is best to hire a clearance company to come take away the hazardous waste that will naturally come from those materials. These services will keep your property clear of the waste so you are compliant with all laws. This also keeps your property safe for you, your family, and all of your workers.

Your Legal Responsibilities

You have three basic responsibilities if you work with hazardous materials:

  1. You have to properly store these materials so they do not leak or contaminate the environment.
  2. You have to dispose of the waste in a legal manner.
  3. You have to keep your business registered so your government knows you are using hazardous materials.