Hazardous Waste Removal Lab Packs and Disposal

Hazardous Waste You Should Remove to Ensure Compliance

Rader Environmental Services has extensive hazardous waste management experience. For over 30 years, we have conducted waste characterization, environmental auditing and production-process waste analysis for companies throughout Ohio and across the Midwest. 

From on-site packaging, labeling and manifesting hazardous waste to selecting proper facilities for even the most difficult waste streams, Rader’s system incorporates all facets of successful waste management.

Rader Environmental Services employs chemists and specialized technicians to sample, analyze and evaluate both hazardous and non-hazardous waste, and to determine the most suitable means and location for disposal.

Relationships with Disposal Facilities Result in Greater Efficiencies

Our strong relationships with a variety of waste disposal, treatment and recycling facilities, combined with our decades of experience in treating, abating and removing hazardous chemicals from workplace settings, give you a market advantage. They result in the most competitive pricing for the disposal of your hazardous waste and provide your organization with the highest level of efficiency. 

Armed with this knowledge and solid working relationships with these facilities, we can implement a program quickly and efficiently. We can oversee permits, documentation, and scheduling to result in complete compliance with all federal, state and local regulations.

With Rader’s flexible structure for service selection, a client or consultant can utilize any or all of our waste management services to custom design a waste management program. Here are a few materials that we dispose of and handle:

  • High-hazard chemicals: shock-sensitive, inhalation hazards
  • Universal waste  
  • Latex and oil-based paints 
  • Mercury waste
  • Elemental mercury
  • Cannabis and hemp waste 
  • Aerosol cans
  • LED batteries 
  • Catalysts
  • Contaminated soils
  • Coolants
  • Corrosive waste
  • Dioxins
  • Drummed waste
  • Fluorescent bulb recovery
  • Non-regulated industrial waste
  • Oil filters
  • Organic contaminated waste
  • Cyanide wastes
  • PCB disposal
  • PCB transformers
  • Reactive/explosive management
  • Used oil

Contact Rader Environmental Services today to ensure your hazardous waste is properly disposed of and that your facility is clean and compliant! 

 

Mercury

Rader’s Mercury Spill Cleanup Services Are World-Renowned

Rader has specialized in mercury removal and mercury spill cleanups for over 30 years. Our approach to mercury decontamination is the result of a long-standing interest in the science of elemental mercury. Depending on conditions, most mercury spills can be cleaned up with a mercury recovery vacuum.

Before determining how to clean up a mercury spill at your facility, a  hazardous materials expert will visit your site with a Lumex 915 Plus Mercury Vapor Analyzer to determine the most effective way to decontaminate and remove elemental mercury from your facility.

During the actual mercury removal phase of a project, Rader’s team of workers wear respirators equipped with mercury vapor cartridges and standard Level C Protection. All workers have both Hazardous Materials Worker Training and Mercury Awareness Training. In addition, all workers participate in a medical evaluation program.  

Handling Microscopic Mercury Spills

In most cases, mercury can be remediated with a mercury recovery vacuum. But, this process could still leave behind microscopic and/or embedded mercury contamination. Mercury vapor continues to be released if any elemental mercury remains after the visible (unmagnified) mercury spill cleanup is completed. Rader understands this and has developed effective mercury spill cleanup methods that effectively clean both visible and microscopic mercury molecules. 

Providing Proprietary Solutions to Mercury Spills

Chemists at Rader recognized in the early days of the company that all commercially available mercury vapor reduction compounds are basically suppressants that stop the release of mercury vapor. However, the suppressing effects may not last long and the only permanent solution may be to completely remove all microscopic traces of mercury.

With that in mind, we developed a procedure to remove elemental mercury, rendering suppressants obsolete. Key Clean and Rader Reducer are the chemicals that Rader developed to achieve this. These substances work by suspending the microscopic elemental mercury in a solution so that it can be collected using either a mercury vacuum, cloth rags or other media depending on the surface to be cleaned.

Mercury cleanup experts

Key Clean and Rader Reducer, although integral to the process, cannot permanently remove elemental mercury. Knowledge of the substrate and its conditions are also important. Rader has the knowledge to recognize and address these conditions, allowing Rader’s solutions to work.

Mercury spills occur in many places and on many different surfaces. When elemental mercury droplets shatter, they adhere to surfaces both horizontal and vertical. They also make their way into cracks, crevices and anything else slightly porous. Cleaning spilled mercury from rough or smooth concrete is different than cleaning it from floor tile or steel. At the same time, floor tile or steel is different than cleaning mercury from hardwood floors. 

Handling Mercury Spills in Industrial Settings 

If the spill has occurred in an industrial setting and the contaminated surfaces are full of grease and grime, it may be necessary to address these contaminants at the same time the mercury is addressed. In addition to removing elemental mercury, Rader products don’t harm most surfaces, unlike the commercially available chemicals which may react with different metals and can be corrosive. Rader’s chemicals are even safe for aluminum and have been successfully used to decontaminate commercial aircraft.

Removing Mercury from Personal Belongings

Many times, a mercury spill will contaminate personal belongings that cannot be replaced. However, the Rader team has devised many different techniques to decontaminate and save your personal belongings. Certain porous items, however, such as shoes, carpeting, etc., are not easily cleaned. It is possible to launder some clothing items using our proprietary chemicals so that they can be safely worn again. Sometimes, it may be more prudent to replace items rather than decontaminate them. Our team has the experience to know the difference, thereby saving you time and money.

Handling Mercury Spills at Superfund Sites  

In very large mercury spills/contamination situations, Rader offers a competitive advantage with its knowledge of laboratory analysis, waste characterization and the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA). This institutional knowledge, combined with Rader’s proprietary chemicals and its vast mercury cleanup experience, demonstrates that the Rader Mercury Removal Method is one of the most effective in the hazardous waste disposal industry.

Contact Rader Environmental for your no-obligation mercury spill quote.

hazardous waste disposal Mercury

5 Ways to Protect Your Workers from a Mercury Spill

Mercury-containing devices can be found in almost every setting imaginable. Industrial facilities, medical facilities, personal residences, underground public transit, retail establishments and more are among the places where you can find these devices. Staff and contractors, such as cleaning crews, who come on-site to perform services are at risk if exposed to a mercury-containing device that shatters or breaks.

5 Things to Always Keep in Mind 

  1. There is always a potential for a mercury spill if a mercury-containing device is on your site.
  2. Dedicated cleaning equipment can eliminate the risk of contaminated equipment entering or leaving your business.
  3. Train all personnel (your employees and contract personnel) to recognize mercury and what to do in case of a mercury spill.
  4. Replace mercury-containing devices with non-mercury containing devices whenever possible.
  5. If you must utilize mercury-containing devices, train all personnel what to do in case of a mercury spill and the hazards of mercury.

Cleaning Companies Are at High Risk

Cleaning companies that offer their services on a contract basis are prime examples of a potentially at-risk group if exposed to mercury. Cleaning services often customize their schedules and work tasks to meet their clients’ needs. Services can include vacuuming, mopping, dusting and cleaning windows.  Most cleaning is done after business hours or a specified shift.

Cleaning companies can provide their own cleaning equipment, which may be dedicated to a client’s site or the cleaning company may use their equipment on multiple sites.  Some companies mandate the cleaning company use in-house owned equipment only.  Equipment use may also be a combination of the above.

A Case Study: Responding to a Cleaning Company Spill

Rader Environmental recently responded to a mercury spill at a pediatric care center.  The spill was caused by a leaking mercury-containing sphygmomanometer (blood pressure cuff).  In fact, it was somewhat of a fluke that the spill was ever realized by the pediatric care center.

Two contract cleaning personnel that had cleaned the pediatric care center after business hours just happened to be talking the next morning about a blood pressure cuff that was mounted on wheels leaked some “silver stuff” on the floor while they where moving it to vacuum.  Their manager happened to overhear the conversation and realized that they were more than likely talking about mercury.

The manager of the cleaning company immediately contacted the pediatric care center and told them what may have happened the night before during their routine nightly cleaning.  The pediatric care center contacted the local health department, which arranged for the air inside of the facility to be tested for mercury vapor.

Mercury Vapor Can Reak Havok on a Business

Mercury vapor was found to be at levels unsafe for occupancy.  The pediatric care center was forced to close for business until mercury was abated to safe levels for re-occupancy. Pregnant women and toddlers – the main clientele at this facility – are the most sensitive population to mercury vapor exposure.

Further assessment of the facility indicated that mercury had been spread throughout the facility by the vacuum cleaner.

The Double Whammy

The same vacuum cleaner that was used at the pediatric care center was then taken to another local business and used to vacuum the carpet.  Mercury vapor readings indicated mercury levels too high for occupancy at this business, forcing the business to close its doors until mercury cleanup was completed.

Fortunately, these were the only two offices that were cleaned by the contaminated vacuum. By chance, the cleaning company’s manager happened to overhear the two employees talk about the silver substance they saw while vacuuming.

Both offices were abated and re-opened for business.

The mercury spill in the pediatrics care center could have very easily been overlooked exposing staff and patients to mercury levels that are hazardous to one’s health for an unknown amount of time.

Contact Rader Environmental for your no-obligation mercury spill quote.

Industry Materials

Selecting the Right Hazardous Waste Disposal Company

If you are ready to clean up your facility and remove hazardous waste or clutter from your working environment, you should call a hazardous materials expert to help ensure you’re compliant with all of the

regulations established by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). If you’re not compliant, you could face steep fines, damage your surrounding environment or harm your most important asset: your employees. 

The Importance of Waste Characterization and Analysis


So how can an environmental services partner help you? For starters, such a company can identify waste streams for proper and efficient disposal. A waste stream may be presumed to contain certain constituents above regulatory thresholds for compliance purposes, but disposal facilities may still require testing before accepting a waste stream. Ask disposal companies for a list of tests and approved methods and acceptable laboratories. This step will prevent you from spending money on unnecessary laboratory tests.

When hiring a testing firm clearly identify these specific services: 

  • Who is responsible for collecting samples?

  • Who will arrange to have it analyzed?

  • Who will arrange to have an expert look at the analysis results?

  • Who will determine if the waste is hazardous and at which regulatory limit?

For questions on which qualities are the most important to in an environmental services partner, or for questions about waste characterization and analysis, contact Rader Environmental today.