Don't be caught improperly disposing of hazardous waste


Have you heard the latest about Wal-Mart?

The retail giant just got dinged with an $81.6 million fine after pleading guilty to improperly disposing of pesticides, fertilizer and other types of hazardous products. The hazardous products in question had actually begun their lives on Wal-Mart store shelves in California and Missouri, but had been yanked for a variety of reasons, including damaged packaging. Prosecutors blamed Wal-Mart for failing to properly train its employees on how to dispose of hazardous waste. That resulted in a wide array of environmental and safety violations, including waste being dumped into trash bins or simply poured into sewer systems. For its part, Wal-Mart has completely overhauled its employee training program, and now workers have a much better understanding of how to handle potentially dangerous products.

Does Your Firm have a Hazardous Materials Response - Awareness Level training program?

Participants will learn how to recognize a hazardous material, what happens in a package release, and associated risks and corrective measures involved. They will also learn how to identify the released material; how to use available resources, including the Emergency Response Guidebook; and how to notify the proper authorities in the event of a hazardous material emergency.

Upon course completion, employees should have sufficient training or have had sufficient experience to objectively demonstrate competency in the following areas:

  • Understanding of what hazardous substances are, and the risks associated with them in an incident
Hazmat Training Programs
  • Understanding of the potential outcomes associated with an emergency created when hazardous substances are present
  • Ability to recognize the presence of hazardous substances in an emergency
  • Ability to identify the hazardous substances, if possible
  • Understanding the role of the first responder awareness level in the employer's emergency response plan including site security and risk control
  • Ability to realize the need for additional resources, and to make appropriate notifications to management
  • Don't be caught improperly disposing of hazardous waste.

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