Hazardous waste spill management for businesses
- Know beforehand what hazardous materials you have on the premises.
- Make sure both the product and waste product are properly labeled and stored.
- Keep the Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) available and well organized.
- Flammable materials should be stored in an appropriate cabinet.
- Obtain advice from local fire officials on storage of flammable materials.
- Reduce the amount of waste stored on site.
- Be able to tell the response people:
- Which chemicals are on site
- Where the chemicals are located
- Chemical compatibility is an important consideration in all cases.
- Know if your building contains asbestos.
- Asbestos contamination can keep a business closed long after the initial emergency situation is settled. In King County, the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency is the lead agency for asbestos clean-up.
- More information about asbestos
- Health hazards vary with each toxic substance. By keeping MSDS sheets available and in good order, you will know what hazardous situations to expect.
- Have a "spill plan" and train employees to follow it in an emergency.
- Secondary containment of both product and waste is always a good idea. This can be as simple as a bermed area which is capable of containing a spill.
- If you need help to develop a plan, call one of the following:
- Business Waste Line -- 206-263-8899
- HAZ MAT, Department of Ecology -- 425-649-7000
Remember that when dealing with hazardous materials in an emergency situation, there are no second chances. The following are places you can call for assistance in dealing with a spill:
- For safety or fire hazard, call 911.
- For a spill that could reach surface water, ground water, or a storm drain, call the Department of Ecology at (425) 649-7000.
- If a spill flows into a sewer, call King County Industrial Waste at 206-263-3000 or your local sewer utility.
- If a spill has occurred in open water, call the US Coast Guard 206-286-5400.
- If a spill is to soil, call the Department of Ecology at 425-649-7000.