Hazardous Waste Operations

Chapter 296-843, WAC

Effective Date: 05/01/04

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This chapter applies if you have any of the following:

  • Employees working in operations involving hazardous waste at a treatment, storage, and disposal (TSD) facility required to have a permit or interim status and regulated by any of the following:
    • – 40 CFR Parts 264 and 265 under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act of 1976 (RCRA), 42 U.S.C. 6901 et seq.
    • – Agencies implementing RCRA through agreements with the United States Environmental Protection Agency (U.S.E.P.A.)
    • – Chapter 173-303 WAC, Dangerous waste regulations


  • Employees conducting initial investigations of government-identified sites before determining whether hazardous substances are present


  • Corrective actions, involving cleanup operations, at sites covered by the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act of 1976 (RCRA) as amended (42 U.S.C. 6901 et seq.) or chapter 70.105 RCW, Hazardous Waste Management
  • or

  • Employees performing cleanup operations at an uncontrolled hazardous waste site. Sites include, but aren’t limited to:
    • – The Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) National Priority Site List (NPL); see http://www.epa.gov/superfund/sites/npl/wa.htm
    • – Sites recommended for inclusion on the EPA NPL
    • – State priority site lists, for example those listed under chapter 173-340 WAC, Model Toxics Control Act (MTCA); see http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/tcp/cscs/CSCSpage.htm
    • – Unlisted sites recognized by a federal, state or local government as an uncontrolled hazardous waste site. Examples of such sites include:
        • Sites that don't meet clean-up goals established by the MTCA and that pose a threat or potential threat to human health or the environment

        • Clandestine drug lab sites designated for cleanup

        • Post emergency response cleanup at the site of a hazardous substance release regulated by chapter 296-824 WAC, Emergency Response.


This chapter applies to hazardous waste sites until cleanup at the site is determined to be complete by the governing regulatory agency.

Illustration 1

Site Evaluation Health and Safety Plan (HASP) Development Cycle


Other rules that may apply to hazardous waste operations:

You will find safety and health requirements (for example, personal protective equipment) are addressed in other rules and also in this chapter. If you find a conflict in requirements, you need to meet the more protective requirement. Contact your local L&I office if you need assistance in making this determination.

Examples of other rules that may apply:

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