This presentation covers universal waste requirements for small- and large-quantity handlers (40 CFR 273). Universal wastes are regulated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). In the past, the federal rules required businesses to manage those wastes now deemed by the EPA to be “universal wastes” as hazardous wastes. The EPA found that the hazardous waste management rules were a “major impediment” to national collection and recycling campaigns for batteries, pesticides, and thermostats. The EPA views the effect of the universal waste regulations as “easing the regulatory burden” on businesses that handle universal wastes because the rules include provisions that “streamline” the hazardous waste requirements.
Why “EPA’s Universal Waste Regulations” Matters:
It is critical to identify universal wastes in your facility;
Recognize health and environmental hazards of universal wastes;
Establish procedures for the proper labeling, handling, and storage of universal wastes;
Understand the importance of maintaining required records;
Prepare your organization to respond effectively to emergencies, such as spills or leaks from universal wastes.
- Universal wastes are regulated by the EPA and require special handling.
- You must identify universal wastes and their specific hazards.
- Universal wastes may be accumulated only for a limited period of time.
- Universal wastes must be properly labeled, handled, and stored.
- You must have procedures for responding to spills and leaks of universal wastes.