Some businesses are more likely than others to do work that has the potential to pollute nearby waterways. Activities like using large quantities of chemicals, regularly washing fleet vehicles, changing vehicle fluids, moving dirt and debris around, disposing of cooking fats, oils or grease, and other activities require extra vigilance to make sure they are being performed properly and to reduce the chance of spills. The best way for these businesses to protect our waterways is to follow these good housekeeping practices.
Following these tips when storing chemicals will help prevent spills.
- Store in a sealable, non-leaking container.
- Label all chemicals correctly.
- Use SECONDARY CONTAINMENT such as a spill-proof cabinet, plastic tub, or specialized base or berm to catch any leaks.
- Have Material Safety Data Sheets on hand.
When you need to dispose of chemicals, follow these tips to prevent contaminating our local waterways.
- Know how to properly dispose of each chemical you use. Read the MSDS for guidance. For more information, visit S.C. DHEC's Recycling Hard to Manage Items.
- Have a spill kit on site! Know how to use it and how to properly clean up spills for any chemicals you use.
Clean Up & Inspections
Follow these tips when taking care of your property to prevent contaminating our local waterways.
- Routinely inspect outdoor containers and equipment for spills and leaks.
- Use DRY SWEEPING to keep your shop area clean. Avoid powerwashing or rinsing with a hose.
- Identify and report any suspicious discharges. Call 803.545.3300 or report it online.
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Columbia, SC 29201
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