Labeling your container while waiting for lab results

A friend of mine asked me an interesting question today: “How should you label a container of unknown waste

while you are waiting for the lab results to come in?” This situation happens to a lot more people than we think. You discover that there are drums of unknown chemicals in a old warehouse. There are no labels on these drums and you have no idea what’s in them.

What are we to do?

My recommendation is to label the drum “Pending chemical analysis”. If the lab results come back showing the contents are hazardous wastes, put a waste label on it and ship it out to a licensed treatment and disposal facility as soon as you can.

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2 responses to “Labeling your container while waiting for lab results

  1. Depending or Pending?

    Also, I’ll check RCRA online to see if any precedence.

  2. Rosalie,

    I ment to say “Pending chemical analysis” and I have corrected it. Thanks for pointing it out.

    Norman

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