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dispose of hazardous wasteHazardous waste refers to any waste that is toxic, reactive, corrosive and flammable. Disposal of this waste is a crucial element in the waste management process to ensure that it does not have any adverse impact on the environment and life. Some of the most common questions that are cropping up today are how to dispose of hazardous waste and where to dispose of hazardous waste. When you encounter a situation that requires you to dispose of hazardous waste, it is recommended that you opt for a waste transportation program from a renowned provider in your state. This can help in the development and implementation of proper, cost-effective strategies to understand the methods of disposal of hazardous waste. You can refer to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) defined hazardous waste identification process to classify waste that has a hazardous component. Make sure that you note the EPA established four hazardous waste characteristics that are: ignitability, corrosivity, reactivity and toxicity.

  • Ignitability: Includes any liquids with flash points below 60 °C or non-liquids that cause fire in specific conditions. It also includes ignitable compressed gases and oxidizers.
  • Corrosivity: Any aqueous wastes with a pH of less than or equal to 2, a pH greater than or equal to 12.5 are classified under this category. It is based on the liquids ability to corrode steel
  • Reactivity: Wastes are also considered hazardous when they have a reactivity characteristic that may be unstable under any normal condition. They may react with water or be capable of detonation or explosion under normal conditions or when exposed to heat.
  • Toxicity: The Toxicity Characteristic Leaching Procedure (TCLP) is used to determine the toxicity of waste. These wastes present a huge concern as they are harmful when ingested or absorbed.

Handling of wastes associated with Coronavirus and COVID-19
Collective information from the EPA, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) websites states that employers need to evaluate whether or not the various areas occupied by people suspected to have the virus might have been contaminated and decontamination is required. In terms of waste management, disinfection conditions remain the same in community and healthcare settings as other viruses. Basic hygiene precautions and recommended PPE is prescribed for handling waste.

We recommend that you opt for preventative disinfecting (even in case of no known cases). The services include the cleaning and disinfecting of high touch areas (doors, knobs, light switches, desks, etc) at residential or commercial complexes. In case of known or likely contamination, it is imperative to use services including disinfectant fogging (100% surface area coverage including entire interior including air ducts). It is important to find and hire a renowned consultant before the demand increases. Research, find and speak with a trusted, professional disease and biohazard decontamination company so you are assured of the best virus decontamination services.

Hire an expert consultant to dispose of hazardous waste
In the times of this pandemic, the safe handling and final disposal of waste is a vital element in effective emergency response. It includes the process of identification, collection, separation, storage, transportation, treatment, and disposal of such waste. It is recommended that you leverage waste management specialists to plan, implement, and coordinate waste management programs to minimize the impact of waste and protect the environment.

  • Rule #1: Always choose a licensed, permitted, MSHA compliant, and insured to transport almost any hazardous material (HAZMAT).
  • Rule #2: Ensure that the services that you choose include characterizing waste, record-keeping management, and compliance, transport, and complete hazardous waste disposal and logistics.
  • Rule #3: Ask the company about the extra precautions that they have established when handling potential or known coronavirus infected medical waste.

We are living in unprecedented times and it is more important than ever to ensure that our environment is dis-infected and waste-free for containment of the deadly COVID 19 virus. Any form of hazardous waste, if not disposed off properly, can pose a health and safety risk. Fortunately, there are professionals who are capable and prepared to handle all types of hazardous waste. They can help with the proper identification, handling, packaging and transportation of waste. They can even help you understand the complex state and local regulations for waste disposal. Our recommendation is that you trust a company with a proven track record to handle hazardous waste removal needs.

If you have an immediate need for COVID-19 decontamination, call 800.820.9058 to speak with one of our trained experts

covid decontamination

COVID-19 (also known as Coronavirus) has placed a significant strain on the healthcare systems of our nation. Due to the nature of this pandemic (COVID-19 is spread from person to person most likely through contact with an infected individual or touching objects or surfaces that are contaminated through cough or sneeze droplets), the safest measures to take as a brick and mortar business is to decontaminate the premises in order to avoid any potential risk.

Has someone visited your building who has tested positive for COVID-19 or awaiting test results? In such scenarios, the safest thing to do is to consider that the entire building is contaminated and poses a potential risk to occupants.

A qualified decontamination company such as Enviro Care can help with proper decontamination procedures. There are a number of factors that need to be considered including size of the premises to be decontaminated and the ventilation system design.

At Enviro Care, we rely on the available, thorough understanding of the virus’ characteristics and the building’s construction aids to formulate a comprehensive decontamination protocol.

The team of highly trained and experienced personnel at Enviro Care can safely and effectively implement COVID-19 decontamination measures that are effective in combating the spread of this pandemic.

It is best to seek help and decontaminate your business now; before the demand increases

  • Preventative disinfecting (no known cases): services include the cleaning and disinfecting of high touch areas (doors, knobs, light switches, desks, etc)
  • Decontamination (likely or known contamination): services include disinfectant fogging (100% surface area coverage including entire interior including air ducts)

Immediate response for Coronavirus Decontamination

Having a trusted, professional disease and biohazard decontamination company on your side is so important, especially in the event of Coronavirus gaining a reputation of being particularly insidious. While the virus continues to be novel, we work with Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) for the latest updates and follow CDC guidelines to utilize the approved EPA N-Level Disinfectant for virus decontamination.

Enviro Care owns and operates an extensive fleet of trucks and trailers that are needed for decontamination services. We are licensed, permitted and insured to transport almost any hazardous material except those that are radioactive and explosive. Call us using the 24-hour emergency response number to speak with one of our local trained experts 800.820.9058 for your free COVID-19 assessment. Teams are on-call for emergencies 365 days out of the year, to help you prevent the spread of COVID-19 in public and private spaces, including:

  • Public shopping centers
  • Offices
  • Warehouses
  • Food production & packaging facilities
  • Oil & Gas
  • Manufacturing facilities
  • Nursing Homes
  • Shipping & distribution centers
  • Schools
  • Public transportation
  • Over-the-road vehicles
  • Hospitals & medical facilities

Why is it important to seek immediate COVID-19 virus decontamination services?
The CDC currently does not have enough information about SARS-CoV-2 to be able to make a definitive statement on how long to quarantine an area where an infected person was living or working. At Enviro Care, we continue to follow the recommended cleaning and disinfection protocols described by the CDC.

Since the virus has been detected in the air for ~3 hours after it is aerosolized and over 2 weeks on some inanimate surfaces, we recommend that you opt for a professional remediation company such as Enviro Care to help you manage the situation.

By ensuring that the affected areas are cleaned and disinfected professionally, you are assured that the premises are not at risk of infecting others.

Decontamination benefits:

  • Highly-trained decontamination team
  • Safe re-entry 20 minutes after service
  • Peace of mind for your team members
  • Slows the spread of COVID-19
  • EPA-approved, hospital-grade disinfectants
  • Proper disposal of hazardous & infectious waste

Your health and safety is our priority
The disinfection process is a daunting and scary task for the inexperienced person and there is a possibility that regular cleaning services might be able to cover basic surface cleaning that most likely is not as effective as professional COVID-19 decontamination solutions with industry expertise, specialized safety equipment, and appropriate certifications.

We follow all the existing standards, guidelines, regulations and restrictions for all aspects of our work and assure you that our highly trained and experienced response personnel are equipped with the highest-grade PPE and they follow the most stringent entry/exit procedures during the decontamination process. Enviro Care technicians are properly trained in the OSHA 40-hour Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response Standard [HAZWOPER] Safety Training Program.

They are equipped using PPE recommended from OSHA and implement cross-contamination preventative procedures.

There is still much to be learned about this novel virus that is highly contagious and has been recognized as a pandemic. By following the CDC disinfection guidelines and using approved disinfectants effectively – safe and effective decontamination is possible. In the case of large organizations such as schools or offices, your employees and customers will be comfortable to know that they are returning to premises that have been decontaminated of COVID-19 by competent, certified, and experienced personnel.

Over the years of our operation, we have established a reputation for providing comprehensive services that suit the needs of various businesses, regardless of their size. We operate from our corporate offices, located in North Salt Lake, UT, and Elko, NV.

waste management stream data applicationsWhile some may think of commercial waste streams as nothing more than trash in various formats, in reality they represent more than this. While they do include several types of waste, these streams also offer vital data points that can provide you insights in areas ranging from regulatory and operational to sustainability and overall finances.

At Enviro Care, we’re proud to offer several areas of assistance when it comes to waste management services, whether you’re looking to keep better records, meet compliance regulations more accurately, understand land disposal restrictions or a variety of other related needs. What are some of the primary areas that drive data collection within waste streams, and which important elements of your business can be affected by these data points? Let’s take a look.

Drivers and Common Waste Categories

There are several specific drivers of the kinds of categories you should be considering within waste data collection. Several of these relate to regulatory requirements, which come from a variety of government organizations depending on your specific waste types. In addition, transparency in waste reporting is vital for everyone from investors and customers to ratings agencies and other organizations.

With this in mind, a few of the most important waste-related categories you should be tracking include:

  • Weight of waste deposits
  • Number of hauls required
  • Whether waste is hazardous or non-hazardous
  • Revenue generated vs costs incurred
  • Disposition method for waste (recycling, reusing, incineration, landfill, other)

Areas of Waste Data Use

So once you have the information above and are continuously tracking it, where can it be put to use? There are several specific answers here that will help you understand just how valuable this data can be:

  • Financial decisions: Once you understand the important data points related to waste, you can apply them to vital budgeting, auditing and forecasting areas within your overall business. For many businesses, waste disposal is a huge budgetary area.
  • Regulatory: Waste data is very important for certain permits and other regulatory reporting, which can create several issues if not done correctly.
  • Sustainability: You can also use the data you’ve collected to set sustainability goals for reduction of waste in certain areas. When you meet these goals, this is great information to share with customers and investors alike.
  • Operational areas: All data is good data when it comes to understanding the areas where you could stand to tighten up a bit operationally. This information will help show you the most effective waste tools in your business and the least effective ones.
  • Tracking: Not only can you track your waste trends against previous months and years, you can also match them up against your industry as a whole and see how you stack up against the competition.

For more on the drivers of waste data collection and the areas where this is applied, or to learn about any of our hazardous waste disposal and transportation services, speak to the staff at Enviro Care today.

Important warning

At Enviro Care, we’re dedicated completely to safety and careful procedures during our chemical waste disposal and hazardous waste transportation services. We have all the proper permits and licensing to handle these issues for you, with experienced and professional waste managers.

One chemical waste area that we regularly perform services in involves a release of calcium hydride. This chemical, which can affect humans through breathing, has to be removed professionally and with the proper transportation practices in place. Let’s go over some of the effects calcium hydride can have if left unattended, plus a basic example of a recent job we did (names removed for confidentiality) that will help illustrate our safety precautions.

Effects of Calcium Hydride

Calcium hydride is a chemical known for the harmful effects it has on humans, both in the short and long term. In an immediate sense, breathing in calcium hydride can lead to burning of the skin and eyes, eye damage, nose or throat irritation, and lung issues ranging from shortness of breath all the way to a pulmonary edema (a major medical emergency).

In the long run, the effects of regular calcium hydride exposure are even more significant. It can lead to issues with reproduction and the lungs, and may be related to some forms of cancer. Perhaps most concerningly, it’s extremely flammable and can react with other chemicals easily, making it an explosion hazard when it’s released.

Safety Example

The following describes a basic recent process that we followed when assisting with a calcium hydride release:

  • Our ER manager took the call from our 24-hour answering service, then took down all relevant information.
  • The ER manager dispatched the 24-hour response team, which met at our shop to pre-load equipment and supplies and get an ETA to the location of the release.
  • Once arriving on site, our crew members took control of the incident. We walked around the area and discussed the hazards. A JSA was then signed.
  • Photos of the area are taken while crew members got dressed. Other crew members offloaded tools and supplies, and set up anything that required it.
  • After properly dressing down safely, crew members placed absorbent pads into the release area, then vacuumed up calcium dust in the area. Once this was done, the bag from the HEPA vac was placed into the 201H2. We then sprayed the area down using a Hudson sprayer and a basic green solution, then absorbent was applied after reactions were finished before being placed into the 201H2.
  • The crew packed up all supplies and tools and returned them to the van.
  • The crew departs the location and informs the ER manager that the project is complete, before returning to the shop to offload the waste and complete paperwork.

For more on calcium hydride safety, or to learn about any of our emergency hazmat response services, speak to the pros at Enviro Care today.

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From July 1st, 2018 to August 17th, 2018, individuals who donated were able to vote on Ron’s upcoming new haircut style. Participants were able to select haircuts like The Missionary, corn rows, The Smurf (blue hair and blue beard), a mullet, an intricate lizard style, a classic and The Skullet, a hybrid of sorts.  Voters were also provided an option to allow Ron to keep his current hairstyle.

Voting was heated and close, eventually coming down to a final-day battle between the Classic, Mullet, and Skullet. Before the stroke of midnight, a voter made a final donation,pushing The Skullet over the top to become the champion.

envirocareimageRon Henderson followed through with his commitment on August 20th, 2018. Dami Hubbs, a cosmetology student at Taylor Andrews, had the privilege of creating Ron’s Skullet haircut. Ron will continue to graciously meet with clients over the next two weeks before he can cut the remaining portion of his hair, as per the rules of the contest. Follow Dami Hubbs @dos_by_dami on Instagram.

This contest was held to raise funds for Kids on the Move in Utah. Kids on the Move is an organization providing services throughout Utah to support families with young children with special needs. Learn more about Kids on the Move

Enviro Care raised $1,416 through thecontest. Participants who donated above certain thresholds will receive a limited-edition t-shirt. All proceeds from the event benefited Kids on the Move.

Enviro Care is excited to continue to reach out to its community. Check the website often or join our mailing list to learn about upcoming events.

Tank cleaning

At Enviro Care, we’re proud of the numerous areas where our tank cleaning services can be beneficial to clients. And while many associate these services only with areas like hazmat cleanup or chemical waste disposal, there’s another important area we service here: Cleaning tanks to help them obtain kosher status, allowing them to store and transport kosher foods and materials.

The term “kosher” comes from ancient Jewish laws called kashrut, which dealt with the proper preparation and consumption of foods. Different people or groups may practice kosher laws in varying ways in today’s modern age, and the full list of guidelines is very extensive, but there are several basic rules that define some of the simpler areas. Let’s go over these basic rules, what kosher “status” means, and an example of how we go about cleaning tanks to ensure they’re permitted to store kosher food.

General Kosher Rules

Some of the simpler rules of kashrut include:

  • Forbidden animals: All parts of certain animals, including, flesh, organs, eggs and even milk, cannot be eaten or drunk at all. Pigs are one animal that fall under this category.
  • Permitted animals: Birds and mammals eaten must be killed in accordance with Jewish law, and all blood must be drained or broiled from meat and poultry before consumption. In addition, certain parts of these animals may not be eaten.
  • Meat cannot be eaten or prepared with dairy. Generally, things like fruit, eggs, fish and grains can be eaten with either meat or dairy, though some people do not eat fish with meat.
  • Any utensils that contact meat – or items used to cook meat – may not be used with dairy, and vice versa.
  • Utensils that have touched non-kosher food may not be used with kosher food in cases where the food was hot.
  • Fruits and vegetables are allowed as long as they’ve been inspected for bugs first.
  • Grape products made by Jews are allowed, but grape products made by non-Jews are not.

Kosher “Status”

As we noted above, kashrut extends beyond just the foods themselves and into areas like utensils and preparation. Any utensil or area where food is cooked in or eaten off of retains the status of that food – if you use a certain pan to cook meat, for instance, you cannot turn around and heat up warm milk in that same pan.

This theme extends to storage areas and surfaces, as well. In fact, for a particular area or room to become truly kosher, a Jewish rabbi must be present to oversee the cleaning processes that take place.

Example

Recently, Enviro Care had a project where two storage tanks needed to be cleaned so they could store kosher materials. Under the guidance of a Jewish rabbi contracted by a company that specializes in Kosher certification, these are the steps we took:

  • Standard clean: For both our large tanks, we removed all liquids and debris, plus any rust or corrosion stuck to walls.
  • Thorough interior cleaning: Using a specific cleaner.
  • High-temperature rinse: We used water over 195 degrees Fahrenheit to rinse the inside of the tank.
  • Sanitizer: We applied sanitizer diligently to the entire tank.

For more on the kosher tank cleaning process, or to learn about any of our other services, speak to the pros at Enviro Care today.