Hazardous Material Handling

Oil, lubricants, solvents and other hazardous substances are regulated by OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) under the Hazard Communication standard - more commonly called HazCom or the “Right to Know Law,” the Hazardous Waste...


However, this exemption does not apply to any liquid or gas you remove or drain from the aerosol can if that substance meets the definition of hazardous waste.

If an aerosol can is not recycled, but instead tossed into the regular trash, be sure it is “empty” as defined under 40 CFR 261.7 or that the substance inside is non-hazardous.

FINAL WORDS

A commitment to safety can not end with acquiring knowledge. It also takes action. You must plan and prepare your employees and workplace for the proper use and disposal of hazardous substances. This requires putting processes in place for receiving, storing and handling hazardous substances, as well as preparing for spills and waste disposal.

Proper planning, training and actions will ensure that you protect the health and safety of your employees and the environment.

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