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Does your company store waste? Here are your five legal safety obligations...

by , 12 November 2013
If your company stores waste, the National Environmental Management Waste Act (NEMWA) applies to you. And this means you have to adhere to these five safety requirements...

'NEMWA applies to anyone who generates, stores, reuses, recycles, recovers, treats or disposes of waste materials,' says the Health & Safety Advisor.

So what does the Act say about companies that store waste?

Here are your five duties if your company stores waste

You must do the following if your company stores waste:

  1. Check that the containers used for storage of are intact and not corroded or in any other way damaged, or unfit for the safe storage of waste;
  2. Prevent accidental spillage or leaking;
  3. Ensure the waste can't  be blown away by wind or moving air;
  4. Eliminate nuisances such as odour, visual impacts and breeding of vectors; and
  5. Prevent pollution of the environment and harm to health.

If your company fails to comply with NEMWA, you could face a R10 million fine, jail time or both! So make sure your company complies with safety requirements for storing waste before it's too late.

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