This slide show will focus on emergency response procedures required under EPA Regulations 40 CFR 265.16 and 40 CFR 262.34(a)(4) for personnel at large quantity generators (LQGs) and hazardous waste treatment, storage, and disposal facilities (TSDFs). The slide show also applies to small quantity generators (SQGs), though SQGs are not required to have formal written training programs for their employees.
Why “Hazardous Waste: Emergency Response—Generators and TSDFs” Matters:
Employees working with hazardous wastes must understand how to operate and maintain emergency response and monitor equipment.
Employees should know how to shut down automatic hazardous waste feed operations.
It is essential to understand the various alarms systems, what each alarm means, and what your response should be for hazardous waste emergencies.
Employees must know how to respond to fires or explosions.
Employees must know how to perform emergency shutdowns of other equipment.
It is necessary to respond to any incident that has the potential to contaminate groundwater.
- Review the response procedures for fire, explosion, spills or releases, and spill containment so that you are ready to implement them during an emergency. It’s extremely difficult to respond effectively if you have to read instructions while responding.
- Make sure the emergency response equipment is always ready, in good condition, and accessible.
- Always keep your PPE ready and in good condition.
- The consequences of groundwater (or surface water) contamination are severe and very expensive to remediate. Our company, as well as the surrounding community, relies on a ready source of clean water for our homes and businesses. We need to always be prepared to respond to a spill that could threaten these resources.