PA Workers Comp: Dealing With Hazwaste

Pennsylvania workers that deal with hazwaste are at risk for many serious injuries. These include chemical burns, respiratory issues, poisoning, and many others. Some industries that work with hazwaste on a regular basis include power plants, hydrofracking, healthcare, and construction. Below are a few safety tips you and your coworkers can follow to guarantee that your hazwaste is handled properly and that no hazwasted related injuries take place.   
Store Hazwaste Properly
Every form of hazwaste has different rules for storage. It’s important that you use the right container and label for whatever hazwaste you are storing. It’s also very important that you understand the amount of time you are allowed to store each form of waste as well as how much of it is safe to store on your job site. Every chemical has its own set of rules regarding how much of it can be stored and how long it can stay put. 
Wear Proper Safety Equipment
When handling hazwaste, it’s important that all proper safety equipment is utilized. This includes gloves, goggles, respiratory protection, and anything else that will protect you from coming in contact with hazardous material. 
Plan for Emergencies
If an emergency does occur, it’s important that you have a plan in place. Know which person is assigned to which specific task (for example clean up, calling 911, tending to injuries, etc.) and also have an evacuation strategy ready in case there is a need to exit the building. This plan should be thoroughly understood by ALL employees. It should be reviewed at least annually, and detailed instructions of this plan should be readily available to all employees at all times. 
If you live in Pennsylvania and have suffered from a work-related injury related to working with hazwaste, contact a Pennsylvania workers’ compensation attorney immediately. If you live in the Harrisburg, State College, or Wilkes-Barre area, call (717) 234-2402 or send us a message to receive a free consultation.     
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