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Hazardous Materials: Take Every Precaution

Julie Copeland

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Removing Hazardous WasteIt’s important to take every precaution possible when removing hazardous waste, whether it’s a common pool cleaner or a more toxic substance. Here are six crucial things to consider:
  1. Gloves -- Depending on what substance you’re dealing with, you run a skin irritant risk anywhere from simple rashes to chemical burns to full toxification. Protecting your skin is crucial, so wear new rubber gloves every time you handle hazardous waste!
  2. Mask -- Inhaling dangerous chemicals and materials can be deadly, so protect your lungs and inner body with a good mask or respirator.
  3. Goggles -- Hazardous liquids and gases have potential to cause irritation or even blindness. A pair of heavy-duty goggles protects you from this risk.
  4. Airtight Container -- You do not want any leakage of hazardous waste to contaminate the people and places you come in contact with while traveling to dispose of the material. Always store hazardous waste in an airtight container.
  5. Assess -- Each type of hazardous waste has unique safety methods for handling and removal. Always assess before you dispose.
  6. Seek Professional Advice -- Contact the EPA and DEP for advice on proper places to dispose of each hazardous waste.

When it comes to hazardous materials, you cannot afford to take any shortcuts. Be proactive, think outside the box and follow all necessary precautions.

We hope you found this week’s hazardous materials series a helpful resource for ensuring that your employees return home from work safely every day. Tune in to the Arbill Blog next week to learn how to keep your employees healthy! In the meantime, be sure to check out our website for more information on workplace safety guidelines, solutions and programs or contact us to learn more about Arbill.

Topics: Chemical Safety/HazMat/Spill Prevention

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