Businesses are legally responsible for knowing if any of their wastes are dangerous and how much they generate. It might not be clear if you have dangerous waste in your business, but these wastes are more common than you may think. See Washington Department of Ecology's List of Common Dangerous Materials, like batteries, cleaning agents, and lawn fertilizers or Wastes by Business Type. If managed improperly, fluorescent light tubes, aerosol cans, and other products could be dangerous for people and the environment. Is your waste dangerous? Designation is the process of determining if a waste is dangerous and what the hazards are.
The amount and type of dangerous waste a business produces and accumulates determines their generator status and which rules and requirements apply. Dangerous waste generators are separated into three categories, based on how much waste they produce or keep on site:
- Small Quanity Generators produce less than 220 pounds per month
- Medium Quantity Generators produce between 220 and 2,200 pounds per month
- Large Quantity Generators produce 2,200 pounds or more per month
OSHA guidelines require that employers with hazardous materials located onsite provide employees with adequate training and equipment to safely deal with spills. Make sure a spill plan is in place and a spill kit is accessible. A spill kit is a set of equipment used for the removal and clean up of hazardous materials; the contents should be specific to the chemicals used by your business. They might include goggles, gloves, absorbents, neutralizers, or bags. Check out Clark County's Spill Prevention and Clean-Up Plan form and information on spill kits.
Hazardous Materials Inventory
Certified Green Businesses are required to complete a Hazardous Materials Inventory.
Clark County Environmental Services (360) 397-2121 ext. 4493