Hazardous goods can be of many different types. Many industries either use hazardous substances or it comes out as a waste product in the industry.
If your industry is involved in the use of a hazardous material as raw material then its storage and use become extremely important. On the other hand, if your industry generates a hazardous substance as a waste material then it’s safe storage in bins and subsequent disposal is highly important.
What are the different types of hazardous substances?
Hazardous substances can be classified based on the nature of the state as solid hazardous wastes such as CFC bulbs, liquid substances like oil, and gaseous substances like sulfur dioxide gas.
Here we will be looking about solid and liquid hazardous wastes and their storage.
How can we define hazardous waste?
These types of waste are any substances that can cause harm to nature or humans. It is very important to store these materials and either uses them up or dispose of them safely.
Types of solid and fluid wastes
These substances have a low ignition temperature and as a result, they catch fire very quickly. If there are more flammable substances around then the fire catches up very quickly onto them. Some of the very common highly flammable substances used in industries are oil-like diesel and petroleum which are mined out from the oil rigs or crude oil purification as in fractional distillation column.
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Explosive type materials
These materials also catch fire very quickly but they can explode under tremendous heat and pressure. These materials include fireworks such as in fireworks manufacturing companies and some chemicals used in chemical industries.
Oxidizing agents have a high affinity for oxygen and thus they can easily oxidize a substance kept in contact with them. Since oxygen is necessary for combustion an oxidizing agent is a very good combustible substance. An oxidizing agent will almost catch fire instantaneously upon contact with fire. And combustible substances burn very well and might even explode if too much of the substance catches fire at once. Example- bleaching substances used in chemical industries and oxygen cylinders used in hospitals and nursing homes.
A corrosive substance is dangerous to our neighborhood and us humans as well. A corrosive substance can rust very easily when it comes in contact with water, air, or humidity. It can cause damage to surrounding materials that can rust or it can also react with other potentially dangerous substances. Substances include- hydrochloric acid, ammonia, nitric acid which is regularly used in various chemical industries.
Rust can also cause skin rashes, eye infections if they come in direct contact.
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Substances causing health hazards
These are some substances that are regularly used in various industries. In contact with humans, they can cause various health risks such as allergic reactions, skin irritation, drowsiness, difficulty in breathing, etc. Substances include washing detergents, toilet cleaners, and coolants used in air coolers.
So as you can see there are so many types of hazardous substances that are used in factories and industries. If your industry is one of them then it is your prime responsibility as the owner to protect your employees and maintain the safety parameters.