How much a year do you produce?
Have you got plans in place to safely dispose of the waste?
Are you happy with the arrangements you have in place?
As a user of Hazardous Materials you have a legal obligation to ensure you store, monitor and dispose of all Hazardous materials in a correct and auditable manner.
There are new rules and legislation going to be applied stating that all empty containers and associated packaging to do with Pesticides must be disposed of through an Hazardous waste disposal scheme. Any persons found depositing material through skips / Landfill will be liable to prosecution by the Environmental Agency.
Chemclear Ltd already have a national scheme in place to deal with this sort of material.
What we can offer:
- Full mainland UK coverage by fully licenced staff.
- Free advice on any aspect of Hazardous material storage.
- Collection and disposal of illegally held or surplus chemicals.
- A guaranteed 20 working day collection from confirmation of order.
DON’T GET CAUGHT OUT BY BEING IN BREACH OF REGULATIONS.
Its amazing how many people are unaware of the regulations in relation to the storage and disposal of chemical containers and packaging. Under the ‘control of substances hazardous to health’ (COSHH) there are thousands of products used daily that are deemed Hazardous Waste (HW). The law now dictates that all products deemed as such are stored correctly and disposed of in a correct manner. This applies to containers and packaging which has contained these products.
In October 2012, the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) launched the ‘Fee for intervention scheme’. This basically means that if an inspector attends a premises and finds a ‘material breach’, they will write to the organisation, giving them 21–30 days for the breach to be corrected. For this, they invoice the company an average of £372. With all this in mind it is essential that everyone knows what their responsibilities are when handling Hazardous materials.
Recent changes have meant that as a rule of thumb all empty containers / packaging needs to go down the hazardous waste disposal route, and is not considered general waste. When storing hazardous waste, store in a container that it can’t get out of, and is placed somewhere where it is safe and protected from the elements. It’s important to note that certain products will have special storage needs, so ensure you follow the correct instructions on the Safety Data Sheets as and when required.
Disposal of waste products must be done through a licensed waste disposal company who will provide you with the essential paperwork needed eg. Transfer or Consignment note. ChemClear are a family run business which prides itself on giving every customer a ‘personal service’. Having been dealing with waste for over ten years, we now operate across the UK and help support our customers to ensure their chemicals are stored correctly and hazardous waste disposed of properly. We do all the paperwork leaving you to get on with the day to day job!
If you want to find out more about hazardous waste disposal and ChemClear please get in touch and we would be happy to help!
In October 2012 the Health & Safety Executive launched a new scheme entitled the Fee for Intervention scheme. Under the new scheme inspectors who make visits to organisations and find that there has been a ‘material breach’ under new health & safety regulations are obliged to write to the organisation and charge for the time of the visit and the follow up administration.
The HSE FFI is charged at a rate of £124 per hour. This can make the visit a very expensive one and the breach would still need to be addressed. Chem Clear aims to ensure that their clients do not risk fees for storing or disposing of hazardous waste and chemicals incorrectly.
Under the new Fee for Intervention scheme the inspector can decide what would constitute a material breach when it comes to chemicals and hazardous waste. Inadequate storage, uncontrolled disposal, excessive storage and lack of monitoring and maintenance may be classed as a material breach.
Given that the HSE raised almost £750,000 in fees for the 3 months between October and December 2012 it would be wise to understand your position with regard to chemicals and other hazardous waste products and materials.
How Chem Clear Can Help
Contact Chem Clear for comprehensive and professional advice on how to ensure you are complying with UK law and not risking any unnecessary large fees or fines.