If your Kentucky-based manufacturer produces hazardous materials, it’s crucial that you have (and enforce) a hazardous waste management plan. What exactly does this document matter, though, and what do businesses in Kentucky need to be particularly aware of?

Hazardous Waste Contingency Plans: What Your Kentucky Manufacturer Needs to Know

What Is a Hazardous Waste Contingency Plan?

A contingency plan is a written document that details the specifics of what your manufacturer would do in the event of any spill, accident, or mishap involving the hazardous waste generated at that facility. Because no one can foresee when an accident is going to happen, it’s vital that this document is in place as soon as possible.

Being prepared is the best way to combat the negative effects of an accident, and a contingency plan can help you do just that.

Safety Considerations and Your Waste Management Plan

It’s no surprise that hazardous waste safety is an important issue. Whether you’re storing or transporting hazardous waste, you need to be ready for the worst-case scenario. Failing to be proactive in your accident preparedness could have serious safety ramifications for everyone involved: the people at your manufacturing facility, the first responders who arrive for cleanup, the people who come in contact with subsequently contaminated soil or water, and more.

As a generator of hazardous material, you have an obligation to put the necessary time, effort, and thought into your waste management plans in order to ensure the greatest level of safety.

Waste Management Plans and Financial Consequences

If your plans are nonexistent, incorrect, outdated, or incomplete, you put your company at risk of facing serious fines. (This issue will usually become apparent during a hazardous waste audit of your facility.)

While lacking this plan is considered one of the more minor infractions, having it on your record during an audit makes you more susceptible to other fines and violations, and facing those kinds of financial ramifications can be devastating for small to midrange manufacturers.

Questions? Reach Out to Hazardous Waste Management Companies

With so many safety and financial factors riding on this plan, it’s important to reach out if you feel your Kentucky-based manufacturer needs help. If you’re confused about what this plan should include or have concerns about your compliance, contact several waste management companies. Reputable businesses should be able to help walk you through what you need and point you in the right direction if there are serious deficiencies in your current plan.

Give preference to companies that service the Kentucky area, as they should be well versed in the state-level obligations your manufacturer must comply with.

Special Considerations for Kentucky Manufacturers

Kentucky does not significantly differ from other states in terms of what’s required in this document. Remember, though, to avoid fines, your facility must be compliant with both federal-level regulations and state-level regulations, so take that into account whenever creating your plan.

Because Kentucky has such a large manufacturing base, a lot of businesses are required to have this document, so doing it correctly and thoroughly is particularly important in this state.

For more information about these hazardous waste management plans and how they affect your Kentucky-based business, feel free to contact a representative of MCF Environmental Services today!