As a hazardous waste generator, are you prepared in the event of an emergency? Does your facility have a “contingency plan”? Both large quantity generators (LQGs) of hazardous waste and small quantity generators (SQGs) of hazardous waste must comply with certain specific emergency preparedness and prevention procedures. These procedures involve use of response equipment and personnel in the event of a fire, explosion, or release. While LQGs must have a “contingency plan” in place, SQGs must have at least one emergency coordinator employed at all times.
Hazardous waste generators must minimize the possibility of emergencies by maintaining an internal alarm system and emergency communication devices, regularly testing and maintaining equipment, ensuring required unobstructed aisle space, and arranging emergency response procedures with local authorities.