Waste Handling and Transportation

The handling, packaging and transportation of hazardous waste require a complete knowledge of the material, that is, how it may react to and and with water, acids, alkali, heat, sun or shock or electric sparks etc. Much of this information may be available through Material safety Data Sheet (MSDS) which will be provided by the manufacturers of the raw materials. However, when the material is a by-product of an industrial process or a contaminated raw material its characteristics may change, making the material more or less hazardous.

The method of containment is important. The physical or chemical characteristics of the waste will dictate the type of container to be used and the maximum quantity that should be stored in a container. For example, caustic material should not be stored in metal drums. Equally, the material may have a low Flash point and may need to be protected from the sun or even in an air-conditioned environment as is the case with many Peroxide materials.

There is a requirement to segregate waste material. Different type of waste should not be combined in the same container merely to save on the number of drums: it is dangerous and potentially life threatening. It may also increase the costs of waste treatment and disposal by creating a larger quantity of hazardous waste.

Care must be taken when storing organic materials. Environmental regulations are strict in the storage of such material and the evolution of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC's).

All drummed waste must be labeled according to international convention and identify the material, its hazardous and precautions.

Drummed waste must be palletized and care taken when loading drums onto the container vehicle. An emergency plan should be in place in the event of spillage or accident during loading.

All waste transported by land, sea or air should only be transported by a Registered Hazardous Waste Transporter. All vehicles are required to be placarded according to International Convention and the appropriate transport authority. A Waste Manifest must accompany all waste. This will detail the material, the generator, the transporter and the treatment and disposal contractor.

The same strict precautions must be exercised in off-loading drums, and the segregation and storage of drums.

The same conditions apply to totes, tankers and other bulk transported waste. Some wastes will require additional protection such as hazardous dust material or Asbestos to prevent airborne dispersion of the material whilst in transit.

The competent Waste Management Contractor will be able to advise you on all aspects of waste handling, packaging or containment and transportation.

Caution should be exercised in selecting a transporter. It is important to know who will assume responsibility and liability in the event of an accident.

Beea'h assumes full and absolute liability for all material accepted for transportation by BeeA'h vehicles. This may not be the case with other transporters.


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