Hazardous Waste Recordkeeping Requirements for Generators

Course Description:

Today, we’re going to talk about hazardous waste recordkeeping requirements. There are numerous recordkeeping requirements in the hazardous waste regulations. The importance of proper recordkeeping is best illustrated by the fact that many of the most common citations for violations of the regulations involve a lack of proper recordkeeping. During this session, you’ll learn about the records that must be kept, as well as records that are prudent to keep, although they may not be required by the regulations. This session is directed toward hazardous waste large quantity generators, or LQGs, and small quantity generators, or SQGs. Hazardous waste treatment, storage, and disposal facilities, or TSDFs, have similar, but in some cases, additional requirements.The main objective of this session is to help you understand the recordkeeping requirements of the federal hazardous waste regulations. By the time the session is over, you will be able to understand the importance of keeping accurate records; comprehend recordkeeping requirements of the hazardous waste regulations; identify which records must be kept; and know how long to retain records.

Course Duration: 27 Minutes

Why “Hazardous Waste Recordkeeping Requirements for Generators” Matters:

Because hazardous wastes may be potentially dangerous, they are stringently regulated. Therefore, it is not surprising that accurate recordkeeping is extremely important for regulatory compliance. It’s essential to track hazardous wastes carefully and consistently. Often, both federal and state hazardous waste inspectors look first at a facility’s hazardous waste management records during an inspection. Inspectors will examine the files, noting how they are organized and maintained, as well as attention or lack of attention to detail. Looking at the records of the facility often gives inspectors an indication that problems exist with the hazardous waste management system.

Key Points:

  • The hazardous waste regulations contain many recordkeeping requirements.
  • Records must be complete, accurate, detailed, well organized, and up to date.
  • Failure to keep good records can result in citations for violating the regulations.
  • Records should be retained for the proper amount of time, depending on regulatory requirements.

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