Chemical removal is a process of disposing of chemical substances that have either been in the air, ground or water for a long period of time. Due to the potential for chemical spills and hazardous wastes, many businesses that deal with these types of materials are required to comply with environmental laws regarding chemical removal. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requires businesses to remove “azardous” chemicals from their work areas. Unfortunately not all businesses do understand what an “azardous chemical” is, therefore they are not required to remove it the correct way. There are many chemicals that can be considered harmful, therefore any chemical in the business that has the ability to create a health risk should be taken out of the equation as soon as possible. If a business owner does not comply with local, state, or federal laws regarding chemical removal then they could be held accountable for serious legal actions.
Chemical removal – A process of disposing of chemical substances
Chemical decontamination of work areas should include the use of decontamination equipment as well as trained employees designated as “chemical specialists”. These individuals should wear protective clothing when they are carrying out this job. Decontamination equipment consists of tanks, showers, and chemical degreasers. Every employee should also be required to wear a gown while they are being cleaned.
All containers holding toxic materials should be secured and sealed before they are left onsite to undergo chemical removal. This will ensure that all contaminated fluids are removed and no leaks occur. A decontamination truck will contain the equipment used for chemical removal along with trained staff that are equipped to handle the situation if an emergency arises. It is also important to remember that decontamination trucks are not for personal use and can only be accessed by authorized personnel. Only the chemical waste management firm will have access to and use the decontamination truck.