Universal Wastes: Large and Small Quantity Handlers

Course Description:

This presentation covers the employee training requirements for large and small quantity handlers of universal wastes. It does not address all the requirements for universal waste transporters or destination facilities.

Course Duration: 27 minutes

Why “Universal Wastes: Large and Small Quantity Handlers” Matters:

  • Universal Waste Training teaches you how to identify the health and environmental hazards of universal wastes in your facility.
  • Proper labeling, handling, and storage of universal wastes are essential to environmental compliance.
  • You should know how to respond to emergencies, such as spills or leaks from universal wastes, to ensure the safety of workers and the facility.

Key Points:

  • Small, sealed batteries; MCE; pesticides; and lamps become universal wastes when they are sent for reclamation or when someone decides that they are waste and should be discarded.
  • All universal wastes contain toxic metals that are hazardous to human health and the environment and must be handled with care.
  • Universal waste handlers must not dilute, treat, or dispose of universal wastes.
  • Place universal wastes in the containers designated for the specific type of waste.
  • There are “3 Cs” for responding to spills and leaks, except for the cleanup of large mercury spills: control, confine, and clean up.

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