Editor’s note: This post and the available documents were created by Expert Advice guest writer and EHS professional Eric Jones. We hope his creative solution to better organizing hazardous waste shipments can help at your facility, too!
Preparing hazardous waste shipments can be a time-consuming and frustrating process. Our facility ships 70 to 80 drums within a 90-day span and often with multiple disposal vendors. With multiple hazardous waste streams and limited space, we take advantage of organization to limit confusion and loading dock time.
I created the documents below to help with the hazardous waste shipping process. With this type of inventory log, I am able to see exactly where each drum is located and quickly identify errors in calculations before they end up on the shipping manifest or on the truck.
If you’re accustomed to shipping hazardous waste, then you will know that drums need to be labeled with the shipment manifest number. Typically, the manifest number is unknown until just before the shipment and sometimes not until the truck arrives for pickup. Either way, this means all drums will need to be relabeled before shipment.
If you are shipping large quantities of drums with various waste streams, there are lots of opportunities for mistakes. Keeping our drum inventory on these sheets has reduced labeling time, truck time and quickly resolves inventory discrepancies.
The first page of this inventory log is a visual representation/side profile of four drums on a skid stacked two skids high. On the log, I document the waste stream and weight of each drum (see Figures A and B below).