Preparedness And Prevention

Facilities must be designed, constructed, maintained, and operated to prevent fire, explosion, or any unplanned release of hazardous wastes that could threaten human health and the environment. Facilities must be equipped with:

An internal communication or alarm system for immediate emergency instructions to facility personnel Telephone or two-way radio capable of summoning emergency assistance from local police, fire, and emergency response units

Portable fire extinguishers, along with fire, spill control, and contamination equipment Water at adequate volume and pressure to supply water hoses, foam-producing equipment, automatic sprinklers, or water spray systems

All communication and emergency equipment must be tested regularly to ensure proper emergency operation. All personnel must have immediate access to the internal alarm or emergency communication system. Aisle space must allow unobstructed movement of personnel and equipment during an emergency.

Owners and operators of TSDs must make arrangements to:

Familiarize police, ├▒re, and emergency response teams with the facility, wastes handled and their properties, work stations, and access and evacuation routes Designate primary and alternate emergency response teams where more than one jurisdiction might respond Familiarize local hospitals with the properties of hazardous wastes handled at the facility, and the type of injuries or illnesses that could result from events at the facility

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