Junk Removal – Safety First
Safety during junk removal is a top reason for soliciting junk removal services. Knowing the local requirements for the handling and removal of certain materials requires adequate training. The removal of certain materials may also require special training and equipment. If you are unsure of what your junk may fall – reach out to Impact Environmental to avoid injuries or inadequate disposal of toxic materials.
Each of our team members is trained to properly and safely handle any type of junk removal mentioned in our provided services. Our professionals are knowledgeable of guidelines related to waste, protective gear, and the numerous protocols required to ensure safety during junk removal.
It’s not uncommon that when presented with the term hazardous material or harmful waste, the majority of the public finds the term to only apply to industrial chemicals or hospital waste. The term also implies substances like human or animal waste, needles, mold-infested material, and much more, all of which can be equally as hazardous and usually found in big piles of junk. This is exactly what each of our professionals is trained to look for in order to maximize not only their safety but also the safety of our customers and their homes.
When it comes to junk removal safety, here are just a few of the many safety precautions and standard procedures needed to avoid unwanted incidents.
Heavy Materials Removal
Before our junk removal experts arrive, the lifting and handling of heavy loads can easily cause back or knee injuries. It’s important that you always follow proper lifting techniques, like bending your knees and keeping your back straight. It’s crucial to also avoid twisting motions when lifting and disposing of heavy trash bags.
As part of junk removal safety protocol, our specialists are trained to look for any sharp objects and ensure the use of special gloves before handling and lifting any trash bag or junk material. Failing to separate sharp objects from the trash being disposed of can also result in serious repercussions and local policy violations.
Removal of Mold Infected Material
Items stored for long periods of time in damp environments or basements usually encourage mold growth. Disposal of moldy junk requires special equipment and safety measures, and often someone who can recognize the type of mold being handled.
Depending on the type of mold and level of water damage, the junk being removed can be considered hazardous and require special disposal guidelines.
Removal of Materials Posing Animal Infestation
The disposal and removal of material infested by animal feces or bed bugs, for example, can easily lead to unwanted and dangerous situations. Without proper training and equipment, one could risk becoming sick.
Our experienced and licensed crude will make sure to cautiously get rid of any infested furniture or material, making sure to clean up the site without putting you or your household at risk.
Removal of Material Containing Asbestos
Up until the 80’s asbestos was used in a variety of materials. However, on July 12, 1989, the EPA banned most asbestos-containing products because of its harmful qualities to humans. In 1991, this regulation was overturned by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans. As a result of the Court’s decision, the 1989 asbestos regulation only bans new uses of asbestos in products that would be initiated for the first time after 1989 and bans the following specific asbestos-containing products: flooring felt, rollboard, and corrugated, commercial, or specialty paper.
We get it, you may want to DIY your garage space or finally have full access to your backyard without the draining view of a junk pile. Remember safety first, make sure to learn about your local junk removal policies and requirements, and become informed on everything related to the handling of hazardous material. This is regardless of the type of junk you have accumulated through the years.
In conclusion, get the right equipment and supplies, make a plan, be aware for sharp objects, watch out for heavy lifting and back injuries, and if you’d like to avoid any risks and stress give us a call give us a call at (619) 393-6265 and have the Impact Environmental team of experts take care of your junk removal for you.