emergency-response

Emergency spill response is a vital responsibility for fuel spills, chemical spills, DOT hazardous materials spills (such as mercury and explosives) and EPA hazardous waste spills. Fast, professional response is also critical to high-pressure tasks such as identification of unknown substances, spill containment, proper waste handling and clean-up. In the aftermath of a natural disaster, waste and environmental concerns are only a part of a larger, complicated picture. Every hazardous waste emergency response situation must be managed with a commitment to safety and full compliance with all applicable regulations, from the initial response to clean-up and ultimate closeout of all paperwork and reporting. Stericycle Environmental Solutions leverages a nationwide network of experts, facilities, equipment and subcontractors to provide clients with one-call simplicity for any hazardous waste emergency response or disaster recovery need. An emergency response team can be on-site within two hours of the initial call to our 24/7 emergency call center. All emergency response personnel and subcontractors are required to have at least a 40-hour OSHA certification and are regularly audited, qualified and evaluated.

 

Fuel Spills

Fuel spills are, unfortunately, a common occurrence, especially for operators of large vehicle fleets. With any spill, the first priorities are safety and containment. Ensuring a safe, compliant response begins with thorough documentation and identification of proper resources. To avoid regulatory penalties or employee injuries, fuel clean up must be conducted with a full commitment to compliance, environmental responsibility and personal safety. Stericycle manages the entire process from identification and spill containment to clean-up. Once the fuel spill is removed, the Response Manager will take post-event photos and walk any required customer representatives through the area to confirm completion and satisfaction. The customer will also receive an Action Report with details, pictures, a call log and supporting documentation.

 

Container Leaks

The two most important steps in any container leak response are identifying the spilled material and securing the container for cleaning. For compliance and safety, the entire process must be monitored to ensure timely and accurate communication, proper documentation and appropriate procedures. After identifying the leaking material and assessing any immediate threats to human health and the environment, expert technicians will secure both the container and the surrounding area while also ensuring that no additional material is allowed to escape. The container may also be moved to a secure area, with special attention paid to weather and wind direction to maximize safety. Technicians may also perform air monitoring to check oxygen levels. Cleaning will then be performed using specialized equipment, which may include HEPA-filter vacuums, salvage drums and disposable cleaning products. Technicians will separate damaged or contaminated items from any items deemed safe. Upon completion, the Response Manager will take post-event photos and walk any required customer representatives through the area to confirm completion and satisfaction. The customer will also receive a detailed Action Report that includes images, a call log and supporting documentation.

 

Unknown Substance Handling

Substance identification is one of the most important responsibilities entrusted to our highly trained Incident Managers, who are on call for any emergency response. In the event that a customer discovers or spills an unknown substance, Incident Managers are trained to not only identify numerous chemicals and compounds, but also to assess any potential danger. The Incident Manager will identify the unknown substance as quickly and accurately as possible, then provide the Safety Data Sheet (SDS) for the substance. The SDS is then used to inform the on-site technicians of proper handling procedures, physical data, potential health hazards and equipment requirements for storage and disposal. When a customer is confronted with an unknown substance, Stericycle Environmental Solutions’ swift response, deep knowledge and specialized tools help resolve the situation safely and compliantly.

 

Chemical Spills and Laboratory Spills

A chemical or laboratory spill presents many risks, from potential health and safety hazards to the possibility of damaging regulatory violations and fines. In the event of a chemical or other laboratory spill, emergency response must immediately focus on safety, identification and containment. To ensure both safety and compliance, highly-trained professionals must oversee the entire containment and cleaning process, focusing on consistent and accurate communication, proper documentation and clear procedures. After identifying the spilled chemical and assessing any immediate health threats, expert technicians will secure the surrounding area and contain the spill. If necessary, the container may be moved to a secure area, with special attention paid to weather conditions and wind direction to maximize safety. Technicians may also perform air monitoring to check oxygen levels. Cleaning will then be performed using specialized equipment, which may include HEPA-filter vacuums, salvage drums and disposable cleaning products. Technicians will also separate damaged or contaminated items from any items deemed safe. Upon completion, the Response Manager will take post-event photos and walk any required customer representatives through the area to confirm completion and satisfaction. The customer will also receive an Action Report with details, pictures, a call log and supporting documentation.

 

Natural Disaster Response

In addition to destruction and financial devastation, natural disasters can present communities with significant health, safety and environmental risks, often in the form of hazardous spills and leaks. To reduce the risks of injury, environmental harm or regulatory penalties, a successful disaster response requires extensive expertise and knowledge of hazardous materials and waste management, including applicable procedures and regulations. Often, natural disaster response also requires emergency spill response for fuel spills, chemical spills, DOT hazardous materials spills and EPA hazardous waste spills, as well as critical tasks such as identification of unknown substances, spill containment, proper waste handling and clean-up. The Stericycle Environmental Solutions team has responded to thousands of environmental emergency calls, providing disaster recovery assistance after hurricanes, tornadoes, floods and other natural disasters.

STERICYCLE STATS

>40k

Locations

Served

~1 Billion

Pounds of Waste

Removed Annually

475

Technicians

Nationwide

185k

Service Stops

Annually

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