Hazardous Waste Equipment
Much will depend on the type of hazardous waste you are handling and the legislation surrounding it when you are considering the type of equipment you need to use. Toxic liquids, for example, require to be contained in air tight drums and transported in securely by the carrier while something like computer equipment which has some hazardous components but is less toxic will require a less legislated handling.
Storing Hazardous Waste
For hazardous waste such as toxic liquids and chemicals, there are a number of storage methods:
Hazardous Waste Containers: Any container that is portable but can be used for the safe transport of toxic waste. This is usually something like a 55-gallon drum that can then be loaded onto a secure vehicle to be carried to a waste disposal site.
Hazardous Waste Tanks: Another solution is to put hazardous waste into a large tank that is then periodically drained by a tanker and transported safely to a waste disposal site. These are usually made of a variety of materials depending on the waste, including metal, concrete and fibreglass.
Most hazardous waste containers, whether they are for liquid, gaseous or solid waste, are designed to be secure. That means they need to be able to safely hold the waste in question without leaking or cross contamination and, more importantly, cannot be easily accessed.
Hazardous Waste Signs
Hazardous waste containers should have clear signage to say what the risk is and what they contain as well as contact numbers should there be an accident. These signs are normally a red bordered square with a symbol in the middle that denotes potential hazards such as flammability, explosiveness and toxicity.
Transporting Hazardous Waste
Not only should hazardous waste be carried by a registered company, it needs to be transported safely using the right vehicle. This could mean a tanker for liquid waste or a closed truck for hazardous waste drums. These vehicles need to be properly maintained and those driving and loading have to be properly trained to handle hazardous waste.
Hazardous Waste Clothing
Hazardous waste management often requires handling drums and other storage equipment. This naturally will involve the wearing of protective clothing, gloves and masks that are made of material which is resistant to the hazard being handled. Handlers and storage facilities need to have the right processes in place to protect employees when they are dealing with hazardous waste and failure to do so can put you at risk of a criminal conviction.
Waste Disposal Machinery and Equipment
There is a range of equipment for hazardous waste disposal. For instance, there are sterilising units and incinerators that can be run on site by businesses and more industrial scale machinery that works with waste from a number of sources. This can include:
- High and Low Temperature Thermal Desorption Units
- Biological Treatment Facilities
- Physical and Chemical Treatment Plants
- Incineration Plants
More and more of the equipment that is used for hazardous waste disposal is designed to recycle and repurpose as much as possible. Even plants that carry out incineration nowadays are moving towards equipment that uses the heat to create power that can be fed to the national grid or provide hot water for the local area.
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