Every industry produces hazardous waste, no matter the size. Hazardous waste has certain properties which make it potentially dangerous to the human body and to the environment. It is therefore vital to dispose of it with extreme care. Recommended reading?
Hazardous waste can be defined as hazardous by any of the following characteristics.
Inflammable wastes are highly combustible. The fuel can burn at temperatures below 140o F.
When it comes into contact with living tissue, the chemical can cause irritation and burns on the skin. Metals, rubber or plastics can be corroded by it. The battery of an automobile is highly corrosive.
These wastes can cause an explosion, or release poisonous fumes if exposed to air, water or chemicals. Reactive wastes include old ammunition and medicinal ether.
They are toxic and can be fatal when swallowed. Toxic wastes include heavy metals such as lead and mercury.
The radioactive waste can damage and destroy cells, chromosomal materials and living organisms. This waste can also pollute the environment and air.
Hazardous wastes can take the form of a liquid, solid or contained gas, sludges, etc. Hazardous waste can be harmful to the environment, cause injury or death as well as illness. Hazardous wastes are treated differently than ordinary wastes because of the potential danger.
Professionals who have been trained to deal with environmental hazardous waste should dispose of it properly. Even small quantities of hazardous waste can pose a risk to the public’s health and environment. It only takes a little waste to pollute a vast area of groundwater or soil.