Do you have a HAZMAT Clean up requirement?
HAZMAT is an acronym for hazardous material. A hazardous material is any item or agent (biological, chemical, radiological, and/or physical), which has the potential to cause harm to humans, animals, or the environment, either by itself or through interaction with other factors.
This is a general definition of hazardous material but there are several agencies who define specifically what materials constitute a hazard.
- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
- U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
- U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT)
- U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC)
What constitutes as a HAZMAT spill?
Many HAZMAT spills are the result of accidents in transport, like ruptured fuel tanks, or smashed radiators, batteries or transmissions that cause the contents to be released from their containment. While this type of occurrence constitutes as a HAZMAT spill, it is one of the more straightforward spills to clean up.
When an accident occurs during the transportation of materials already deemed hazardous, clean up gets far more complicated.
When is a HAZMAT team required?
Under 29 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 1910.1200 chemicals which are carcinogens, toxic agents, irritants, corrosives, sensitizers; agents which act on the hematopoietic system; agents which damage the lungs, skin, eyes, or mucous membranes; chemicals which are combustible, explosive, flammable, oxidizers, pyrophoric material, unstable-reactive or water-reactive; and chemicals which in the course of normal handling, use, or storage may produce or release dusts, gases, fumes, vapors, mists or smoke which may have any of the previously mentioned characteristics.
40 CFR 355 contains a list of over 350 hazardous and extremely hazardous substances which can cause harm to people, plants, or animals when released by spilling, leaking, pumping, pouring, emitting, emptying, discharging, injecting, escaping, leaching, dumping, or disposing into the environment.
DOT 49 CFR 100-199 defines a hazardous material as any item or chemical which, when being transported or moved in commerce, is a risk to public safety or the environment.
While cleanup is required whenever any spill occurs, no matter what the substance or area affected, anything defined by these government agencies require expert HAZMAT teams.
Alpine Towing has specialized, certified HAZMAT cleanup crews. We bring in specific equipment to first, contain the spill from going further, then work on cleaning the affected area thoroughly. Some hazardous materials can be extremely dangerous in their volatility and difficulty to contain., thus a sense of urgency is our priority in getting to the area. Even large quantities of gasoline or diesel fuel fall into this category because they are not only harmful to the environment, but also pose a danger of being ignited very easily.
Any hazardous chemical that finds its way into surface waters, sewer systems, drinking water supplies, or groundwater systems, requires even more specialized equipment and expertise to contain the material.
Among its other towing and vehicle recovery services, Alpine Towing also offers complete HAZMAT Certified cleanup services to Buena Vista, Salida, Woodland Park, and the surrounding areas. The importance of an experienced HAZMAT cleanup crew is essential to any cleanup situation and the Alpine cleanup crew is just that: experienced. In fact, the team has over 15 years of experience, so you can rest assured the situation will be handled with the utmost caution and expertise from Alpine Towing HAZMAT specialists.