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Security Seals and Hazardous Waste: Keeping Everyone Safe

September 13, 2013

For many industries, hazardous waste is a byproduct of the work being done. For those companies for whom this is true, the waste must be transported and disposed of properly, as regulated by the government, and strict adherence is crucial.

Hazardous waste is categorized by the EPA into four characteristics: ignitability, corrosivity, reactivity, and toxicity—all of which are described as having “properties that make it dangerous or potentially harmful to human health or the environment” according to the EPA. Guidelines for treatment of this waste are set forth by the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), and specific rules and regulations are governed by individual states and local authorities, as well as the EPA.

Disposal and transportation of hazardous waste is highly regulated by the RCRA, and any commercial businesses, as well as government facilities dealing with it, must comply. Accordingly, waste being transported must be properly locked to maintain safety, and that’s where seals come in.

Security seals ensure that everything in the transportation process is kept to regulation. Different types of high security seals, for example, guarantee that nothing and no one will get in or out during transportation, and that, as a result, all guidelines are met and safety is assured.

Additionally, hazardous waste labels are an essential element of the process, as proper labeling is as important as proper storage and transportation. We carry labels specifically for hazardous waste, many of which are barcoded and numbered, and can be written on. We can also provide custom printing for labels, as well as custom colors, and can work with clients to help select the right types and amounts, based on requirements.

When dealing with such dangerous—and highly regulated—materials, you need to be sure everything is handled right. Seals and labels will help provide this assurance.

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