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Based on: 40 CFR 264 - Standards for Owners and Operators of Hazardous Waste Treatment, Storage, and Disposal Facilities

Languages: English

Sample Transcript

All hazardous waste facilities must have internal communications or alarm systems to alert employees and provide instructions in an emergency. A telephone or two-way radio is required so police, fire departments, or emergency response teams can be contacted immediately. All employees must have access to communication devices at all times. Emergency response equipment including portable fire extinguishers, fire control equipment, spill control equipment, and decontamination equipment need to be available. Fire suppression equipment such as fire hoses or sprinklers must have an adequate water supply. All emergency equipment must be tested and maintained to ensure it operates correctly during an emergency. Adequate aisle space must be provided to allow for unobstructed movement of people and emergency response equipment in the event of an emergency.

RCRA - Emergencies, Inspections, and Training

Training Time: 26 minutes

The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) was passed by congress in 1976 to manage hazardous wastes. RCRA regulations apply to any company that generates, transports, treats, stores, or disposes of hazardous waste. The goal of the emergency preparedness and prevention standards is to minimize the potential of a hazardous waste release and the resulting affects to human health and the environment. This course covers the required equipment needed for emergency preparedness, contingency plans, emergency procedures, inspection requirements, frequency, and logs, as well as personal training requirements and documentation.

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A telephone or two-way radio is required so police, fire departments, or emergency response teams can be contacted immediately in the event of an emergency

Inspections are required to check for deficiencies. An inspection log must be kept to monitor and document critical hazardous waste equipment

Both large quantity generators and small quantity generators are required to train any facility personnel who work with hazardous waste or are responsible for ensuring compliance with regulations

Learning Objectives

  • List the requirements of the emergency preparedness and prevention standards
  • Describe a contingency plan
  • Describe the responsibilities of the emergency coordinator
  • Identify the items that should be included in a written inspection schedule
  • List the areas and equipment that must be inspected, and identify the required inspection frequency
  • List the items that should be on a typical inspection
  • List the information required to document personnel training
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RCRA - Emergencies, Inspections, and Training FAQs

Emergency preparedness and prevention standards apply to which generators?
Both large and small quantity generators (SQGs and LQGs). The standards are not required for CESQGs.

What is a contingency plan?
The contingency plan describes the actions that employees must take in an emergency situation

What is the role of an emergency coordinator?
The emergency coordinator is responsible for ensuring the contingency plan is successfully executed

How often should containers, container storage areas, and containment systems be inspected?
At least weekly

How long do training records need to be kept?
Training records should be kept for 3 years after an employee last works in the facility, but they must be kept indefinately for current employees

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