Hazardous Waste Tracking Labels
If you are a hazardous waste generator or an environmental services company who accumulates waste on site in drums, you are responsible to ensure that you properly label drums and other hazardous waste containers. Below are some of the requirements for Hazardous Waste Tracking Labels.
What Should Be Included ?
Ensuring that your drums’ hazardous waste tracking labels are correct and have detailed information is critical to ensuring the safety of those handling and transporting those drums.
Date Of Accumulation
The date that crews began to accumulate the waste is important, because legally waste can only sit onsite for a certain amount of time. According to the California DTSC, this date must be clearly marked and visible for inspection on each drum.
Even if a drum has been used by the generator to collect or consolidate waste that was initially accumulated in another container, it is still subject to the same labeling requirements. That means the initial accumulation and “90-day period” dates on the collection drum must be the oldest of the initial accumulation. This may require a date change if older substances are added to the collection drum.
Each container that holds hazardous waste must be labeled with the words “Hazardous Waste.” In addition, each drum must include the composition and physical state of the waste and a statement that calls attention to the particular hazardous properties of the waste.
For shipments of hazardous materials and wastes, the DOT also requires each non-bulk package (maximum capacity no more than 119 gallons) to display the proper shipping name and identification of the hazardous material, as well as the appropriate diamond hazard labels for the primary (and most subsidiary) hazard classes of the hazardous material.
Hazardous waste tracking labels must also include details about the generator. This includes the name and address of the generator. The EPA requires the same information for each drum with a capacity of 119 gallons or less.
Hazardous Waste Tracking Labels Details
Hazardous waste tracking labels should also contain a unique barcode or QR Code that uniquely identifies the container. This unique barcode or QR Code can be used by warehouse or yard staff to move waste, bulk up waste containers, pack down waste from a large container to smaller containers.
Hazardous Waste Tracking Software can be used to handle the complexity involved in managing and providing inventory tracking of hazardous waste that comes from many sources, where the contents in each hazardous waste containers are complex (possibly split) and where low-level tracking of hazardous waste is required. This tracking of hazardous waste at container level that could have been combined or part of a splitting process cannot be performed by standard Inventory Management Software and requires specific low-level hazardous waste tracking software to manage this requirement.
Although the above regulations are imposed by federal and state legislation, there are industry standards that hazardous waste generators are also encouraged to meet when labeling drums.
For example, all personnel should use the same method to label containers. While one company may prefer to use prepared labels, another may prefer handwritten labels. All waste handlers should be properly trained to know what each field on a label requires.
Workers should apply labels to the containers as soon as the waste is placed in the drum. Before reusing drums, all old markings and labels should be washed off or blacked out.
Where Labels be Placed?
In addition to a label’s content, there are requirements in regards to the placement of the label.
Labels must appear in their entirety. They should not be placed near other labels to avoid being overlooked. Though not required, the DOT recommends a 6-inch space between labels if there is more than one on a drum.
The primary hazard label should always be given priority in placement. In other words, if the drum includes two labels, the primary label should be placed above and to the left of the subsidiary hazard label.
Do not place labels on the bottom of drums. This increases the risk of workers overlooking the label.
Remove any old labels before reusing the drums. This will help avoid confusion over the drum’s contents.
What Kind Of Labels To Use?
Hazardous waste tracking labels themselves are not typically regulated. However, hazardous waste tracking labels do need to be capable of withstanding harsh environments as waste is normally stored in a warehouse or yard, must be capable of withstanding chemicals as spills from the drums or other drums can occur and abrasion as during the movement of the waste it may need to endure contact with other drums, forklifts etc.
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