The Anatomy of a Hazardous Waste Label

To stay in compliance, it is imperative that your chemical waste is labeled correctly. It may be difficult and frustrating to navigate federal and state regulations for hazardous waste label information.

However, below we look at each vital component to ensure you are always in compliance.

Required Information for a Hazardous Waste Label

“Hazardous Waste”

According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), waste that has hazardous constituents must be clearly labeled with the words “Hazardous Waste.” 

Chemical Constituents

Each hazardous waste container must have a description of what the contents are. The label must include the full chemical name and contain no chemical formulas. 

Accumulation Start Date

According to the code of federal regulations, a container stored in a hazardous waste storage area must be marked with the date waste is first added to the container. 

EPA Identification Number

Anyone who generates, transports, recycles, stores, treats, or disposes of hazardous waste is required to notify the EPA of their activity. This ID is site-specific and permanent and acts as a social security number for the property. 

Generator Information

The name and the address of the party generating the hazardous waste must be included on the label. 

Other Helpful Information to Include

Hazard Labels

To ship hazardous waste, the containers must have 3-inch by 3-inch diamond labels that indicate the hazard and hazard class. These labels include warnings for such things as flammable liquids, corrosive materials, and non-flammable gases. 

Proper Shipping Name

Often hazardous waste labels have a section to accommodate the U.S. DOT shipping description. A proper shipping name must include the following information in this specific order: UN identification number, proper shipping name, hazard class or division, and packing group. 

Contact the Experts at Maine Labpack

Managing hazardous waste can be a daunting task. There is a lot to cover from staying in compliance with storage dates to properly labeling and storing waste. 

Need help managing your waste? Contact us today to learn more!