Your duty of care in both business and home is to report and remove correctly any waste that may be deemed hazardous. A hazardous waste is waste that poses substantial or potential threats to public health or the environment. Unfortunately, most people are unaware of what passes as normal/non-hazardous waste in comparison to hazardous waste.
The most common examples of hazardous waste include:
- Ozone depleting substances
- Hazardous waste containers
- Oils (non-edible)
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Sometimes you may not class a certain type of waste hazardous but it may be, so if you are unsure it is always advisable to ring your local authorities for advice and assessment of any potentially hazardous waste you might have. See Gov.uk for more information on the issue.
The most important matter when it comes to hazardous waste is the correct removal and disposal of it. If you can recycle the waste then always use this as your first option as recycling allows for reuse and the correct trained employees will be in control and command of the waste materials. Other options are available such as Red Industries who are trained professionals in the removal of hazardous waste. Companies such as Red industries will have the necessary supplies and equipment to dispose and remove hazardous waste effectively and safely, and safety is the key issue when dealing with this type of waste. Such companies have access to laboratories where testing is available for any unknown substances or chemicals they may come across. This testing is important as reports can be made, and the necessary actions can be put in place to prevent the danger of the hazardous waste tested.
Our world has been affected massively by the incorrect removal and disposal of toxic or hazardous waste. Check out this article on Scientific American News explaining the mass effect toxic waste has on poorer countries as it is not disposed and controlled correctly. The facts are there, and they are shocking so it is time to consider and act on how you remove any toxic or hazardous waste from your home and business. By taking small steps to improve your waste disposal can help the environment and will make your home and business a safer place. See the Oxford Journals on Hazardous Waste for further in-depth reading, and information on the topic.