(1) During hazardous waste unloading, transfer,
and loading operations, each hazardous waste container must be visually
inspected for evidence of corrosion, pressure buildup, physical damage, or
leakage. Questionable containers must be
set aside for further evaluation and possible repackaging and/or return to the
waste generator. Leaking containers may
not be loaded back onto a transportation vehicle, trailer, or railcar unless
and until they are properly packaged, labeled, and marked according to 40 CFR
262.30 through 262.32.
(2) All handling of hazardous waste containers must be conducted in a manner that
minimizes the risk of leaks, spills, releases, or similar accidents. Hazardous waste containers may not be opened
unless necessary to correct container damage or leakage of the contents, and
the generator's consent must be obtained for any necessary repackaging.
(3) Loading docks, temporary container storage areas, and all areas where transfer
of hazardous wastes occurs must have a base or floor that is smooth, free of
cracks or gaps, and sufficiently impervious to contain leaks or spills until
the spilled material is detected and removed. Temporary storage areas must be designed with a containment system
having sufficient capacity to contain, at a minimum, 10 times the volume of the
largest container that will be stored there. Any leaks or spills that do occur must be promptly cleaned up by the
transfer facility operator.
(4) Containers of ignitable or reactive waste must be handled and stored in a manner so as to prevent accidental ignition or reaction of the waste. Such waste containers must be separated and protected from sources of ignition or reaction (e.g., open flames, sparks, cigarette smoking, cutting and welding activities, hot surfaces, frictional heat, spontaneous ignition, and radiant heat) . "NO SMOKING" signs must be conspicuously placed wherever there is or may be a hazard from ignitable or reactive wastes.