Hazardous Waste Handling Standard Needed

Monday, January 23, 2012 @ 04:01 PM gHale

A fatal chemical fire at Heritage-WTI, Inc., a hazardous waste facility in East Liverpool, OH, led the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) to say there needs to be a national code to ensure safe handling of hazardous waste.

This recommendation comes on the heels of a December 17 incident where one worker died and two suffered serious burns in a flash fire that occurred when workers were splitting a large solid waste drum of hazardous material into smaller storage drums.

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CSB has made recommendations to the Environmental Technology Council (ETC), an industry trade group.

One is to petition the National Fire Protection Association to issue a standard specific to hazardous waste treatment storage and disposal sites. The standard would provide guidance to prevent similar fires, explosions, and releases.

The second recommendation to ETC is to develop a guidance document for members on safe processing, handling, and storage of hazardous waste.

The chemical safety board identified nearly two dozen other fire and chemical release incidents at hazardous waste sites from 2002 to 2007.

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