A hazardous containment building is a fully enclosed structure that stores different varieties of potentially dangerous waste materials. For safety and legal reasons, certain types of hazardous waste cannot or should not be containerized in small drums or other receptacles. Building design must be carefully considered when investing in one of these structures, as you want to keep public health and safety a priority. Here’s some important information about hazardous containment buildings.
What You Should Know About Hazardous Containment Buildings
What are some of the regulations?
The Environmental Protection Agency has a downloadable document that provides in-depth details on the regulations governing the building of containment structures. Some of the requirements include that the building must be constructed of manmade materials, must be completely enclosed with a floor, walls, and roof, doors and windows must be in a position where they do not contact waste, and there must be a decontamination area for staff members, equipment, and vehicles. Working with a building design professional will ensure all regulations are followed.
How big should my containment building be?
This depends on the amount of materials that will be stored in the structure. Also, you’ll likely need room to move freely and safely around these materials, and you will want enough space to allow for clear and easy access to all entry and exit points.
Should I have shelving built into my structure?
This also depends on the amount of materials the building will routinely house. In general, shelving lets you maintain order and organization and quickly identify the location of items. Shelving can also keep materials better contained and prevent spills from pooling or soaking into flooring.
Where should I build my containment structure?
Every property is different, but aim to place the structure on the sturdiest and most level terrain. You’ll also need to be certain that the building has sufficient fire separation to maintain a safe distance between all structures. Fire separation standards are determined by your local building authority, so make it a priority to check with them before construction and adjust any building design as needed.
When you need building design services for a hazardous containment structure, trust the team at Mid-Penn Engineering in Lewisburg, PA. Since 1969, they’ve been serving clients throughout Central Pennsylvania. They offer a wide variety of engineering and building services, including structural design, environmental impact studies, and land surveying. Call (570) 524-2214 or visit their website to schedule a consultation.