A waste analysis plan (WAP) is a step-by-step strategy that outlines the procedures for treating, storing and disposing of hazardous waste. Whether its corrosives, flammables, explosives, gasses, poisons or any other hazardous material, many companies must have a WAP in place to guide their crew members on how to safely handle these situations.
A WAP is only beneficial if workers are fully aware, receive training, and show knowledge of the protocols within. After constructing a WAP for your company, someone must provide training for your company’s employees and teach them the fundamentals of having a WAP in place. Unfortunately, it’s very common for companies to have a WAP constructed for an organization only to disregard it in everyday use.
The first step in setting up a WAP is to identify the hazardous material and waste in your workplace. If you haven’t done so already, we suggest performing a thorough analysis of your work environment to take note of the type, amount, and location of hazardous material. Using this information, you can then create a set of detailed instructions guiding workers through the correct method for handling such hazardous material.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requires certain businesses and industries to use them:
The EPA requires a WAP in place for all Treatment, Storage and Disposal Facilities (TSDFs). If your company deals with hazardous waste cleanup, you must have a WAP in place to remain EPA-compliant. It’s important for companies to follow the EPA’s guidelines to prevent fines, lawsuits, forced closure and employee injury.
There are several other instances when a WAP is required. Below is a brief overview of these circumstances.
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