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Beat the health and safety law amendments by changing the way your company disposes of liquid waste today!

by , 17 April 2013
Just when you thought you had all your Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) responsibilities covered, some health and safety laws amendments are out for comment this month. This includes an amendment to the Water Act authorisations - best you make sure your company's liquid waste management system complies today by doing a risk assessment!

Under the National Environmental Management Act, you're legally obliged to assess and evaluate the impact your business has on the environment. 
This implies that an environmental aspect and impact risk assessment needs to be done, says Kerusha Narothan, Product Manager of the Health and Safety Advisor. 
Now, the Director-General of the Department of Water Affairs intends to make changes regarding waste water disposal, says SHEQAfrica.com.
This means that if you discharge waste or water containing waste into a water resource through a pipe, canal or sewer, you'll need to monitor the point of discharge, and the discharge mustn't detrimentally impact the receiving water resource.
So you'll have to include this in your risk assessment.
Conduct a risk assessment today based on liquid waste disposal in your company 
To do so, you'll need to chat to employees about their work functions and look at production process flow diagrams for the work area to identify any hazards in their work area that pose a source of harm to the environment, says Narothan on FSP Business.
This will form part of your continuous risk assessment, to minimise any actions in your business that have the potential to harm the environment. 
For example, you could create a production process flow diagram for your cleaning staff.
Ask them to detail the processes they follow in the kitchen, bathroom, and anywhere else with a drain leading to water.
This way, you'll be able conduct a risk assessment to assess the impact on the environment any time you pour a product down the drain, suggests the University of Melbourne.
If you find that they're pouring liquid waste down the drain is likely to pollute the water, like used kitchen oil or strong cleaning chemicals, rather dispose of it in a way that won't affect the country's water supply.
Here's how to dispose of hazardous liquids without harming the environment…
One way to do so is to pour the liquid into a sealable container and then safely dispose of it in your garbage can, says TodaysModernWoman.
It's an easy way to minimise any hazard your business poses to the environment.

Click here to get the Risk Assessment: The 100% legally compliant risk assessment toolkit CD that gives you everything you need to effectively and compliantly manage risk in your business.

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