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Universal Waste

Universal Wastes are Hazardous Wastes that are generated at industrial, government, municipal, and retail sites all over the country. Facilities managing Universal Wastes must inform their employees on the prohibitions and correct procedures for handling and disposing of these types of wastes.

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Universal Waste "Collecting, Processing & Recycling"

Updated in 2021, this Universal Waste training video program includes recently added EPA aerosol can regulations, which became effective on February 7, 2020. The final rule will affect those who generate, transport, treat, recycle or dispose of hazardous waste aerosol cans. This video instructs your employees and contractors on the steps involved to safely handle and recycle aerosol cans, used batteries, pesticides, mercury-containing equipment, lamps, and electronic waste (E-Waste). The training program focuses on the key elements contained in the Federal Universal Waste regulations (40 CFR Part 273) and also covers labeling, response to a release, and transportation to a facility that is permitted or otherwise designated for receiving hazardous waste, like a recycler. Regulations require that materials be managed in a way to prevent releases to the environment and tailors those requirements to each type of universal waste. (19 mins)

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California State Specific Universal Waste Training

The Universal Waste regulations in California are more strict and more expansive than those of the US EPA. They are found in two places: the California Code of Regulations (the CCR) and the California Health and Safety Code (the HSC). This program addresses both the Federal regulations and California state specific regulations. The training program contains 2 video versions: "Full Version" (20 mins) and it is supplemented by a shorter and concise "Refresher Version" (13 mins). 

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Universal Waste "bulbs, batts, bugs, and barometers"

Managing qualified hazardous wastes as universal wastes offers several benefits to the generator. Standards are less strict, so management becomes easier. Money is saved on disposal services. And many of these wastes can be recycled -- environmentally friendly. Effective employee training is not only required by the regulations but can help take maximum advantage of the universal waste benefits. This training program shows employees how to correctly collect, accumulate, containerize, handle and ship universal wastes, as well as, how to effectively respond to emergencies. (14 minutes)


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