5 Hazardous Waste Disposal Safety Tips

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Dealing with hazardous waste disposal can often seem overwhelming.

Not only are there a multitude of hazardous waste disposal rules and regulations to adhere to, but there are also serious consequences associated with any mishap.

The first step in creating a plan to dispose of hazardous waste is to assess your procedures that produce waste and consider how you might diminish their byproducts.

Here are five tips to make sure you’re handling hazardous waste disposal safely and efficiently.

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4 Ways to Take the Risk Out of Disposal of Waste

reduce risk for disposal of wasteLook out! It’s your . . . leftover garbage? Alright, you may not be at risk of getting poisoned or assaulted by your discarded waste, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take precautions. Disposal of waste can actually be risky if not handled properly. This can include environmental risk, not just risk of physical or mental harm. If you want to dispose of your waste properly without all the risk and dangers, here’s 4 ways to take that risk out of disposal of waste.

If you’re looking for great waste disposal tips or just wondering how to be more environmentally conscious, check out KenBay’s website. KenBay is a small, locally owned company dedicated to promoting a zero waste initiative. We offer a wide variety of compactors and balers to make your waste disposal a breeze!

The Less Bulky, the Better!

Let’s start with something you probably already know: bulk is bad. Unless you’re trying to save money by shopping at one of those large bulk discount stores, there’s almost no situation where having an enormous product is superior to having a smaller, more compact one. Waste compactors are the same. The huge bulky ones may be able to crunch steel into small teeny tiny bits, but they’re large and heavy and require a team of what seems like 80-thousand people to move on-site. For waste compactors, it’s better to think small. As in, a small compactor that still packs a punch.

The Less Movement, the Better!

Another thing about those huge, bulky compactors is that they’re pretty rooted in place. Trust us, once the team finally manages to set that sucker down where its needed, they’re not gonna want to move it anytime soon. So what happens to your waste? Well, your workers end up having to travel with it over to where the compactor is in order to properly dispose. This is not only annoying, it’s a huge safety risk! It’s better to have a small compactor located right at the source of the waste. That way, your workers can just dump it in and forget about it.

The Less Cluttered, the Better!

One other great thing about having a small compactor on site: no temptation to use “shortcuts.” We know you have at least been tempted to take the “I’ll do it later” route when handling your disposal of waste. Just toss it in the corner, it’s out of the way, right? Well, it may be now, but keep that up and soon you’ll have a major safety concern on your hands. Your workers can’t be adjusting their route to the compactor in order to avoid the trash. Just toss it away right then, and save yourself the headache.

The Less Loose, the Better!

Think about the kind of waste you’re dealing with in the manufacturing industry. Yes, you have your cardboard and your plastic and your edge trim, but that’s not all. You also will have to dispose of metal, usually sharp metal, that sticks out with all those pointy ends. Do you want to carry it around? We didn’t think so. What’s better than loose waste? Cube waste! A good compactor will flatten and press all that waste into a convenient and easy to manage cube form. Then, just stack those cubes together into the truck and send them off to to the next life!

For easier disposal of waste, rely on KenBay to get the job done. Our compactors are small but highly efficient, and offered at a good price. Don’t believe us? You can try one out yourselfbefore you buy it!

Think You Need a Dust Collector — Think Again!

skip the dust collector for problems like this

The romantic side of me likes to imagine dust as a signifier of age and wisdom. I picture an old dusty library, books brimming with secrets waiting to be imparted. In reality, dust is a big problem for a lot of people. In your home, dust is unsightly. Far from your house appearing mysterious and interesting, you come across more that you don’t know how to take care of yourself. Think about it: have you ever been inside of a dusty room and found it pleasant? The problem is even worse for the manufacturing industry, where dust should not be tolerated whatsoever. KenBay knows that dealing with excess of any kind requires the right tools and the right mindset. You may think you need a dust collector in order to handle this problem — but think again!

Why Dust is a Problem

Dust may not be called “The Silent Killer” — that distinction goes to mold, high blood pressure, and carbon monoxide— but it can still do a lot of damage. On the one hand, there’s the basic issue of cleanliness. After all, nobody wants to work in a dirty environment, and you need to keep your employees happy. But there are deeper concerns at play here. The World Health Organization actually has listed airborne dust as a major workplace hazard because it can lead to disease, disability and even death. “But it’s just dust!” you may say. “I see it all the time! It can’t be that bad.” On the contrary: under the right circumstances, dust inhalation can lead to infertility or even cancer. How can this be? 

Dust is composed of micro particles that come off the everyday materials around you. Anything small enough to be broken down into tiny bits and light enough to be tossed about in the air. If you live in a regular household environment, dust is little more than an annoyance. However, in the manufacturing industry, you are surrounded by toxic materials which then contaminate the dust and, subsequently, your lungs.  At low exposure, you’re probably safe. The more dust you are exposed to, however, the greater risk you have of serious health complications. The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety has a comprehensive list of the effects dust has on the body, as well as diseases that dust exposure can lead to. When it comes to your employees, it’s better to be safe than sorry.

Skip the Dust Collector, Find a Better Answer

So what can you do to keep your work environment safe and your employees happy? One easy solution is to acquire a dust collector. We, however, are not quite satisfied with that idea. For one thing, a dust collector is only used after the dust has had time to settle in. For another, you (or one of your employees) will need to spend quite a bit of time cleaning with one to make sure everything is dust free. We believe there is a better way — a KenBay Rotopac! Our RotoPacs are hooded, so the dust never goes into the air in the first place. And they are small enough to be placed at the source of the waste, so everything is more efficient. You get a cleaner environment, no contamination, and safer conditions for your employees. If you are interested in trying out one of KenBay’s RotoPacs for yourself, then you can try it before you buy it through our website! 

How to Save Money in Your Pursuit of Zero Waste

You can save money in your pursuit of zero wasteThere’s one question that every business asks when it considers becoming a zero waste organization: how will this affect our bottom line? For many skeptics, the assumption is that  “going green” costs money. We are here to tell you that these assumptions are wrong. Zero waste companies, ones that implement measures to keep their waste out of landfills, often find that saving money and being environmentally friendly can go hand in hand. To help you understand how you can implement zero waste programs into your business and save money, here are a few of our best tips:

Ensure Your Equipment is Reliable and Safe

It goes without saying that unsafe working conditions lead to a number of problems. But, it’s often worth repeating. When you begin a zero waste initiative, you will likely look for new tools and equipment to help you in your pursuit.  Whether you implement new equipment or continue to use your existing tools, ensure that your equipment is reliable and safe. Addressing safety concerns and expensive maintenance and repairs will cost you money and will hurt your bottom line. To avoid this problem, be sure that the machinery and equipment your zero waste business uses is the most reliable on the market. The less time, energy, and resources spent on repairs and updates, the more cost efficient you will be in your pursuit of zero waste.

Evaluate the Efficiency of Your Tools

If we’ve said it once, we’ll say it again, ineffective tools will cost you money. How does this tip differ from what we’ve already mentioned? Glad you asked. Evaluating the efficiency of your tools  is much more than just being aware of their reliability and safety. Even if the machinery you use, or may implement in zero waste initiatives, is reliable, safe, and low maintenance, ask yourself this: Is it also efficient? If you were building your processes today, would you choose this the machinery? Does your equipment get the job done quickly? Are there other options on the market that do the job better and faster? Plain and simple, wasting time wastes money. When you pursue zero waste initiatives, seek out the time and money saving options available to you. Stay vigilant and do your research to make sure that the tools you use are the most efficient ones on the market.

Consider Labor Costs

When you reduce the time it takes to get a job done, you also reduce your labor costs associated with the task. For many businesses, this reduction in transportation and labor costs is the easiest way to save money in the pursuit of zero waste. From the first step of your operation to the last, evaluate your procedures and always be on the lookout for ways to minimize your labor costs. Can a task be performed faster? Is there a tool on the market that will make labor easier to complete in a timely fashion? Being mindful of these questions will help your business save money that might be spent unnecessarily on labor costs. This is another strategy for saving money that you can implement in your business when you pursue a zero waste initiative.

Let Us Help You Save Money in Your Pursuit of Zero Waste

With KenBay, you can minimize costs and save money at the beginning of waste management. KeyBay’s commercial trash compactor models offer a safe, reliable, easy to use option for compacting waste before transport, thus saving you money in your pursuit of zero waste. Our RotoPack trash compactors address all the money saving tips we’ve suggested for you.

1. Reliability and Safety

The RotoPac trash compactor by KenBay is easy to use, made of quality construction, and implements several key safety measures. Because of this, you will save money on the safety and maintenance costs associated with trash compacting.

2. Efficiency

The RotoPac is small enough to place directly at the source of your waste. Instead of transporting waste elsewhere, you can compact it right away, saving you time, energy, and ultimately money. In addition, the RotoPac allows for more efficient, continuous trash compacting. Never again will production halt because of waiting time at the trash compactor.

3. Reduced Labor Costs

Although the RotoPac is smaller than traditional trash compactors, it compacts trash at such a rate that you don’t need to empty the compactor as often. In addition, trash is compacted more tightly in a RotoPac than in a traditional compactor. This tight compaction means you can fit more waste into a single bag and make fewer trips to dispose of waste.  A trash compactor like the RotoPac that allows you to spend less time collection and transporting waste will reduce your labor costs and raise your cost efficiency.

KenBay produces innovative equipment that maximizes safety and sustainability and minimizes the financial and global impact of solid industrial waste removal. Heavy hitters like the U.S. Navy, Purolator, and Boeing use our cost and work efficient tools daily. We’ve helped these organizations improve their efficiency and save money. Now, we can help your business do the same. Contact us today!

10 Ways to Improve Manufacturing Safety

Manufacturing SafetyAs an employer, it’s your responsibility to make sure your manufacturing facility is safe. Your employees have the right to a safe workplace free of hazards and health risks. That said, running an organization doesn’t leave a whole lot of time for you to be supervising the workplace to ensure that health and safety codes are always up to date and being followed diligently. Don’t let this keep you from implementing the necessary manufacturing safety protocols, and making sure there are trustworthy people in place to see that they are adhered to. Manufacturing safety ought to be at the top of your business strategy list to ensure that you are decreasing the liability and risk of your operation.

10 Ways to Improve Manufacturing Safety

  1. Trustworthy Supervisors
    Make sure that every shift has respected supervisors who have rapport with all the workers. These leaders should be revered by everyone they work with, able to motivate and correct them in productive ways, and to uphold all manufacturing safety protocols, no matter how inconvenient they might be.
  2. Education
    Provide frequent continuing education classes for these supervisors to keep them up to date on new health and safety standards, as well as new methods of updating and optimizing manufacturing safety practices.
  3. Unite the Team
    Hold manufacturing safety meetings whenever a risk is brought to your attention to inform employees of the seriousness of hazards in the workplace. Unite the team around the common goal of doing work with excellence, which means it is as safe as possible.
  4. Zero Tolerance
    Do not, under any circumstances, tolerate someone who is willfully ignoring manufacturing safety regulations. These individuals put more than just themselves at risk, but also your organization and its employees.
  5. Frequent Monitoring
    While you are certainly busy running the operation, don’t withdraw your presence from the manufacturing site. The more your employees see and interact with you, the more they know you actually care about their health and safety, and not just covering your own back.
  6. Checklist
    If you have protocols that can be tracked on a list by day and time, initialed by the person who completes them, this can be a great way to set up accountability among the team. This way you can both commend and reprimand employees for their performance and commitment to have a risk-free work environment.
  7. Signage
    Good signs throughout your facility is a great way to remind employees of the manufacturing safety rules in place.
  8. Waste Management
    Waste can be central to the safety and health hazards in manufacturing facility, and ought to be properly managed. Be sure that your waste cans are optimally placed throughout your workspace to both reduce waste and to ensure that they are emptied and cleaned frequently.
  9. Build a Team
    If your supervisors are too busy managing the other aspects of manufacturing safety, have them designate teams of people in charge of making sure that waste is disposed of properly.
  10. Buy a Trash Compactors
    Stainless steel trash compactors are an affordable way to improve the manufacturing safety of your workplace, not only reducing potential fire hazards and obstructions, but also reducing the cost of removal.

Call KenBay if you are ready to learn more about how waste management practices can increase manufacturing safety.