Small businesses are subject to more stringent requirements for handling hazardous substances than homeowners. Unfortunately, lack of knowledge about a regulation does not exempt the business owner from responsibility. Responsible handling of hazardous materials protects everyone: the business owner, the employee, the customer, AND the environment. Take a few minutes to review the attached EPA Guide for Small Businesses Managing Your Hazardous Waste October_16_2019 to be sure your business is handling waste properly.
This handbook provides an overview of the federal hazardous waste regulations to give small business owners and operators a basic understanding of their hazardous waste management responsibilities. It answers questions like “Do hazardous waste regulations apply to me?” “How do I know which generator category I am?” and “What kinds of requirements do I have to follow?” This handbook will help small businesses get on the road to proper hazardous waste management, a critical step in protecting human health and the environment.
The Guide has been updated to reflect the changes to the regulations for hazardous waste generators since the previous version of the publication, including the 2016 Generator Improvements Rule, wastes added to the universal waste program, Subpart K for academic laboratories, the Hazardous Waste Pharmaceuticals Rule, and electronic reporting/e-Manifest.