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Hazardous Chemical Disposal and Meeting OSHA Safety Standards

June 9, 2021

For many companies, when it comes to hazardous chemical disposal, meeting OSHA regulations can be a tough task. However, it’s also the only real option, as non-compliance presents serious risks for your employees and is likely to lead to monetary fines down the road. As challenging as doing regular safety inspections may be, the costs are too great to be taking any chances.

The good news: there are several things you can do to improve your safety inspections and minimize any health-threatening risks found in your workplace. Here’s a short 4-step guide that will help you do just that.

1. Track Your Progress

Every OSHA Safety Standards inspection starts by assessing the workplace risks. The best way to be prepared for this process is to create a safety program that compiles all your workplace safety requirements in one place. This will help you determine the applicable safeguards you need to have to be OSHA compliant.

Once you know where you stand regarding OSHA compliance, you can start targeting areas that need improvement. Keep a record of your corrective actions and similar tasks. By tracking your progress and having a clear set of rules, performing inspections, audits, and safety measures will be much easier.

2. Do a Full Inspection

While performing your safety inspection for hazardous chemical disposal, you should use either a standardized form or an OSHA inspection checklist. The 29 Code of Federal Regulations (29 CFR) will provide you with all the standards you should follow. This is a much better way of performing and building audits, as there’s very little guesswork involved.

Drums of hazardous waste and chemicals in Arizona laboratory.

3. Assess Your Risks

If your inspection uncovers organizational risks, your priority should be to decide on the best corrective measures. One way to do that is to use a risk assessment matrix to organize your risks. This risk matrix will give you a risk breakdown by risk rank, probability of occurrence, impact area, risk controls, and project impact.

4. Demonstrate Compliance

Businesses with safety hazards must make an effort to ensure workplace safety. One way to do that is to show OSHA hazardous waste regulators your safety record from the training sessions and inspections you carried out after seeing your risk breakdown. Even if your record reveals shortcomings, OSHA regulators may adjust your penalty based on the effort you put in.

This is where recordkeeping can come in very handy. With an automated system that keeps all your inspection data in a single place, dealing with tasks required for full compliance will be much easier. For best results, use software that’s designed to help you manage your tasks and prevent any compliance errors.

At TransChem Environmental, our team provides a professional service regardless the size of the project. Meeting compliance with OSHA regulations for Hazardous waste and chemical management is a serious matter and we are committed to upholding their standards. Throughout the process of regulation inspections, our team is always safe, professional, and keeps you informed with safety standards. Contact us today to learn more about our hazardous waste management and disposal company.

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