When it comes to waste oil disposal, there are a few things you need to keep in mind to ensure a safe and effective process. The first is ensuring that your disposal method complies with applicable safety standards.
The most common safety standards for waste oil dumping are those set by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Both organizations have elaborate guidelines for waste oil disposal that must be followed in order to avoid potential health risks.
NFPA 61 covers the prevention of releases from storage, handling, and transportation facilities, while NFPA 70 covers environmental protection during the treatment, storage, handling, and disposal of hazardous waste. These standards require that all waste oil disposal operations take into account the potential for fire and explosion.
In addition to complying with safety standards, you also need to make sure your waste oil disposal method is effective. There are two main types of waste oil disposal methods: thermal treatment and chemical treatment.
Thermal treatment is the most common type of waste oil disposal method, and it involves heating the oil until it breaks down into small molecules. This process can create toxic fumes that may present a risk to workers and bystanders, so thermal treatment must be performed in a well-ventilated area.
Chemical treatment is another waste oil disposal method that uses heat, but the waste oil is actually treated with a chemical solution to break it down into smaller particles. This process can be accomplished in a small-scale or large-scale operation, depending on the size of the facility and amount of waste oil your facility produces.