Create Your Own Plan
- First assess what kind of chemicals are used and how they are used. Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) can be acquired from the chemical manufacturers for more specific information on the dangers of misuse and proper use and disposal.
- Determine a way to monitor chemical use.
- Start by implementing the easiest and least expensive practices. If these practices are not proving adequate, you may need to consider more costly measures such as equipment and process modifications.
Use Waste Reduction and Management Practices
- Always carefully follow manufacturer’s directions when mixing or using chemicals.
- Measure chemicals carefully to avoid producing large quantities of useless material that must be disposed of as waste.
- Order materials on an as-needed basis and return unused portions back to vendors.
- Use the least hazardous or least concentrated products available.
- Never mix hazardous waste with non-hazardous waste.
- Look for waste trade opportunities if possible. Waste exchanges reduce disposal costs and quantities, reduce the demand for natural resources, and increase the value of waste.
- Train anyone handling chemicals to store materials properly and be aware of spill control and response protocols. Consider using periodic drills, available training workshops and incentive or reward programs.
Use Proper On-Site Storage
- Designated storage areas should have paved or impervious surfaces, a protective cover, and secondary containment around all containers to catch spills.
- Containers should have clear and visible labels which include purchase date and all information presented on the distributor’s original label. Use older materials first.
- When not in use, storage containers must be sealed to prevent spills and evaporation.
- Thoroughly inspect storage areas weekly.
- Secure areas against unauthorized entry.
- Prevent areas from contaminating storm water flows.