If you went into your kitchen pantry and found that all the labels had been stripped off the cans, how would you know what was in them? You might be able to identify the soup--but what kind of soup is it?
The same is true at your school’s hazardous waste storage facility and within Satellite Accumulation Areas. It is critical to maintain good housekeeping in this area, to help protect human health, ensure safety and help prevent release into the environment. (Another compelling reason is that environmental regulations require it!)
Properly labeling containers so that contents and hazards are known is just one of the regulatory requirements for maintaining a hazardous waste storage area. Others include:
- Storing compatible wastes together
- Providing secondary containment
- Keeping containers closed when not in use
For more on these and other ideas and best practices, continue further along this virtual tour.