OSHA Hazardous Waste Sites: Causes of Emergencies at Hazardous Waste Sites Mobile App
The nature of work at hazardous waste sites makes emergencies a continual possibility, no
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matter how infrequently they may actually occur. Emergencies happen quickly and unexpectedly and require immediate response. At a hazardous waste site, an emergency may be as limited as a worker experiencing heat stress, or as vast as an explosion that spreads toxic fumes throughout a community. Any hazard on site can precipitate an emergency: chemicals, biologic agents, radiation or physical hazards may act alone or in concert to create explosions, fires, spills, toxic atmospheres, or other dangerous and harmful situations. The OSHA Hazardous Waste Sites: Causes of Emergencies at Hazardous Waste Sites mobile app lists common causes of site emergencies.