Appropriate Containers for Dangerous Waste
Containers and Container Management
Select a container made of material compatible with the waste. For example, use polyethylene containers rather than metal drums for corrosive wastes. Containers designed for food are not appropriate for chemical wastes.
The container must be:
If a waste is a powder, the material should not be able to sift out during transport.
Keep containers of dangerous waste in a dangerous-waste-accumulation area. Container rows should be 30 inches apart to allow for easy inspection. Keep incompatible wastes apart. Separate them by a dike, berm or wall adequate to prevent mixing in case of leaks.
Keep dangerous waste containers closed, except when adding or removing waste. Keep containers covered and out of the weather.
Funnels must screw in tightly. Lock all funnels and securely fasten ring locks. Remove any non-locking funnels.
Check containers and the entire system at least once a week for leaks, rust, dents, or other defects. Transfer waste out of unsafe containers. Keep Good Records of these inspections.
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