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Our Los Angeles Junk Removal includes just about anything you can think of with one big exception: hazardous materials. Materials that are very hazardous to home, health or the environment (extremely poisonous gas, explosive, highly water reactive, and pyrophoric products for example) should not be acquired up until the essential authorizations, administrative, engineering and environmental protections are in place.

Dangerous products must be kept and used in accordance with many policies consisting of, however not limited to, the Uniform Fire Code and local changes.

Authorizations are required for any quantity of highly harmful material, and for little to moderate amounts of other products. (For example, a permit is needed for any quantity of unstable or highly harmful material and for flammable liquids in amounts in excess of 5 gallons in a building).

Waste removal tools and safety
Waste removal tools and safety

Contact the Fire Department directly or EH&S Facility Safety office (206.543.0465) for help.

Spaces where hazardous products are saved or utilized in amounts that go beyond certain thresholds, and rooms devoted to saving dangerous materials are needed to have a National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) diamond indication on all doors. Call EH&S Facility Safety office at 543-0465 for additional details and indications.

Combustible Liquids: The amount of combustible liquids in a single lab saved outside of an approved flammable liquids cabinet need to not go beyond 10 gallons. All 10 gallons, unless in use, must be stored in authorized containers as indicated in the table listed below.

Peroxide Forming Chemicals: Peroxides might form in some organic compounds by autoxidation. Peroxides can cause major mishaps and, in some situations, end up being low power explosives that can be set off by shock, sparks or other kinds of ignition. Some organic substances form peroxides in a matter of months under the ideal situation. Know organic compounds in your laboratory and remember to mark the expiration date on each container and review them occasionally for disposal. Ether is an example of peroxide forming chemical.

Pyrophoric Material: Pyrophoric product is a product that will spontaneously fire up when it comes into contact with air. This material is only permitted in fire sprinkler protected laboratories in extremely little amounts (4 pounds aggregate per zone). Potassium metal is an example of a pyrophoric material. Extreme safety measure is required when working with this type of material.

Highly Toxic Material: Materials classified as extremely poisonous are just allowed in little amounts in University buildings (Up to 10 pounds per zone). Highly toxic gas, like Arsine, is not allowed in any amount without engineering controls and an unique permit from the Seattle Fire Department.

Incompatible Materials: Incompatible products are materials which, when in contact with each other, have the potential for recating in a manner that can generate gases, heat, fumes, or byproducts which are dangerous. For amounts of greater than 5 pounds or 1/2 gallon, separation by not less than 20 feet, approved cabinets, or a noncombustible partition is required. Smaller amounts must likewise be isolated whenever practical. A typical infraction is combustible liquids kept with oxidizers.

Flammable Liquids and Basements: The International Fire Code prohibits storage of combustible liquids in basements. Nevertheless, there are 2 general exceptions as follows that use to the University of Washington:

Existing grandfathered Class H Occupancy rooms (i.e., chemical storerooms style particularly for bulk storage of flammable liquids). New Class H occupancy spaces for flammable liquids are not allowed in basements.

When you call an authorized, licensed hazardous waster removal team, your waste will be picked up in two to 4 weeks. Please plan ahead of time and be patient. Each waste product must be tracked from the point of generation to incineration, and we do the documents for hundreds of containers of waste each week. Chemicals which are either inflammable, poisonous, explosive or corrosive are by legal meaning “hazardous”.  Some extra chemicals are treated as so-called contaminated materials due to the fact that they are persistent in the environment, carcinogenic, or are not allowed to be disposed of like regular trash because they generate particulate matter, fumes or other risks. Huge amounts of such waste or varieties of containers may take a longer time to gather simply due to the long time it requires to process the chemicals (it normally takes an hour to process one Chemical Collection Request) and the restricted area on hazardous waster removal trucks. Because much of the paperwork is done already, routine collection requests are much faster. If your waste is built up improperly (according the above standards), a removal team will stop to discuss the problem with you if you are present. They will not pick up your waste till the issue has actually been corrected.

All brand-new staff members in addition to anyone rusty on the basics of contaminated materials management ought to take this training. It covers the definition of contaminated materials, their labeling, disposal, as well as proper storage and consists of a brief test, all of which must take just ten to twenty minutes to complete. Once you pass the exam, you can inquire about a certificate of completion for your training records at any job that you are working at.

In buildings, rooms or areas where dangerous products are kept or utilized in quantities that go beyond certain thresholds, and spaces used for the storage of dangerous materials have to have a National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) diamond sign on all doors. This product is only allowed in fire sprinkler protected laboratories in really small amounts (4 pounds aggregate per zone). Potassium metal is an example of a pyrophoric material.


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