straight forward health and safty advice
Everyone has an important part to play in making sure that waste is
properly stored and disposed of
Additionally, everyone should be a 'good neighbour', by minimising potential harm to the
environment through reducing the amount of waste going to landfill; by decreasing CO2
emissions as a result of lessening the consumption of water, electricity and gas; and by re-using
and recycling materials effectively.
The Environmental Protection Act; Environmental Protection (Duty of Care) Regulations and the
Special Waste Regulations impose strict duties on all those who produce, keep, carry or dispose
of Controlled or Special Waste.
Controlled Waste is all waste from industrial, commercial and domestic premise. All work
inevitably produces potential environmental hazards and waste in one form or another.
However, leftover materials that are to be reused elsewhere, are not classed as waste.
Special Waste includes larger quantities of substances / materials, which have hazard
warning symbols or are accompanied by a safety date sheet. Special Waste must not be
mixed with other waste.
Make sure that redundant materials, scrap items, general waste and surplus
substances, which are temporarily stored, do not cause pollution. Substances that
may, if they leaked or were spilled, contaminate the ground or water resources,
must be properly stored. Make sure that everyone knows what to do if there is a
leak or a spillage.
Everyone has a responsibility to make sure that controlled and special waste is:
kept safely while under their control;
adequately described on the waste carrier’s transfer note, and is clearly labeled so that it
can be handled and treated properly;
only transferred to, or disposed of by, a registered person or company.
Companies that transport controlled waste must be registered with a local Waste Regulation
Authority as a 'carrier'. No waste is to be carried in unregistered vehicles.