08/18/2008

Metal Scrap Recycling and Hazardous Waste Operations

Employers and employees in the metal scrap recycling industry stand to benefit
from a new publication produced by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational
Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) known as 'Guidance for the
Identification and Control of Safety and Health Hazards in Metal Scrap
Recycling'. The document offers ways to recognize and manage the hazards
associated with exposure to various metals and processing chemicals and with
related processes and equipment used in metal scrap recycling operations. OSHA
revised its Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response booklet
highlighting the requirements for hazardous waste operations and emergency
response at uncontrolled hazardous waste sites and treatment, storage and
disposal facilities. It also discusses the steps an employer must take to
protect the health and safety of employees in these environments.

The document will assist employers and employees in recognizing and controlling
typical health and safety hazards associated with various metal scrap recycling
operations and in selecting appropriate control methods. This document does not
provide an in-depth evaluation of every recycled material, or of every
associated process-related hazard; rather it gives an overview of processes and
related hazards common to a wide range of metal scrap recycling operations.

Employers must evaluate their own operations, processes, and equipment to
ensure that all hazards in their operations are identified and appropriately
controlled. There are many relevant guidance documents and standards related to
exposure to hazardous substances (including metals), working in industrial
environments, and working with specific types of material handling and
processing equipment that may be associated with recycling processes.

This guidance document includes references to these documents throughout the
text, along with short summaries where appropriate.

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