Hazardous waste has a serious affect on our environment and can even wreak havoc on human health. Hazardous waste can be created through human activities, such as manufacturing, and materials used by homeowners such as old car batteries and hairspray cans.
There are different types of hazardous waste, including corrosive, ignitable, reactive and toxic, and we’ve outline examples of household and industrial waste on our blog before.
Management of hazardous waste reduces the threat to the environment, as well as to human and animal life. However, when hazardous waste is poorly contained, it can seep into water sources, the land and even air. For example, if hazardous waste leaks into the ground, rain can force the waste even deeper into the earth, causing larger issues when it contaminates the groundwater.
There are three ways that humans, plants and animals can come in contact with hazardous wastes:
- Inhalation: Breathing in the contaminated vapors.
- Ingestion: Eating products of contaminated waters and land, like fish or fruits/vegetables, as well as drinking contaminated water.
- Dermal: Contaminated waste can also be absorbed through the skin
Exposure effects aren’t always immediate. While burns may occur instantaneously, chronic exposure over the course of a long period of time can cause more severe, unnoticed health issues. Injury or death can occur when:
- Large amounts of the waste are released at one time
- A location is subject to continual waste release
- There is no dilution of the waste
- The waste contains a high toxicity
Tioga assists industrial clients with hazardous waste management through regulatory compliance and permitting services. Non-compliance is more than just a financial risk. Along with environmental contamination, it could also lead to potential health risks, leaving your company liable. For more information, call us at 901-791-2432 or shoot us an email at info [at] tiogaenv [dot] com.