Manage Waste for Fiberglassers
Compliance Guidance for Fiberglass
Fiberglass fabrication uses resins and solvents that are dangerous materials to work with and
to live around. Careful management of these materials and
their wastes is essential. Over a thousand fiberglass
fabricators in Washington state means that everyone's responsibility
matters. Little mistakes can add up to big problems.
Help is here. Local fire districts, health departments, and
the state Labor & Industries Department enforce product-storage
rules. Ecology's inspectors look for dangerous-waste storage
and management. This Web section offers compliance assistance
Common Wastes in Fiberglass Facilities
From rags to resins, know what waste is likely dangerous waste.
Label Dangerous Waste discusses the requirement to clearly mark waste containers.
Appropriate Containers for Dangerous Waste discusses containers and
container management. Safe, well labeled containers, kept closed, will go
along way toward making your inspections smooth.
Which Rules Apply? has an interactive tool to determine generator status. Many fiberglass-fabrication facilities are
small- or medium-quantity generators. The dangerous waste
regulations are stricter for those who make more waste. All generators of
dangerous wastes must follow the dangerous waste regulations, however.
Remember to count:
- Uncatalyzed waste Resin
- Initiators & Catalyst
Solvent & Still Bottoms
- Solvated or Residual Resin
- Waste Paints and Thinners
- Waste Adhesives, Foaming Agents
- Paint-booth filters (usually, but test)
- Solvent-contaminated rags
Fiberglass Fabrication Topic Hub™ at
the Pacific Northwest Pollution Prevention Resource Center
to Fiberglass Operations offers
pollution prevention ideas for the fiber-reinforced plastics
Practice Pollution Prevention for Fiber-reinforced Plastics Facilities
covers upgrading processes to make less dangerous waste.
Lean and Environment Case Study: Lasco
Bathware Ecology publication
Profile of the Plastic Resins and Man-made Fibers Industry
Environmental Protection Agency sector notebook
Minnesota Technical Assistance Program Fiber Reinforced Plastics page