Site Safety

Transportation spills and other industrial process or storage accidents account for some hazardous waste releases. Such releases can result in fires, explosions, toxic vapors, and contamination of groundwater used for drinking.

Danger arises from improper handling, storage, and disposal practices (refer to Section 11.11 on Treatment, Storage, and Disposal Requirements). At hazardous waste sites, fires and explosions may result from investigative or remedial activities such as mixing incompatible contents of drums or from introduction of an ignition source, such as a spark from equipment.

A site safety plan is needed to establish policies and procedures for protecting workers and personnel during clean-up and day-to-day waste-handling activities. The minimum contents of a site safety plan are listed in Table 11.3.2.

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