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printreg, July, 2003
Testing Emergency Response Equipment

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From: Debra Jacobson (djacobson@istc.illinois.edu)
Date: Mon, 28 Jul 2003 08:24:47

If you have emergency equipment such as SCBA's, etc. the equipment needs to be checked regularly according to EPA regulations. Also, items such as masks, etc. should be cleaned and disinfected routinely whether they have been used or not.

Another routine practice is to review the inventory of equipment including the spill response drums to assure that they are correctly stocked. It is common to find spill response drums that have been raided for supplies.

See below for regulatory summary.
Debra Jacobson


Testing Frequency for Hazardous Waste Emergency Equipment

Large quantity generators, small quantity generators, and hazardous waste treatment, storage, and disposal facilities (TSD) are all subject to the 40 CFR 265 Subpart C Preparedness and Prevention Regulations in 40 CFR 264/265.33. For large quantity generators, the reference to this requirement is at 40 CFR 262.34(a)(4) and for small quantity generators, it is at 262.34 (d)(4).

Testing and maintenance emergency equipment is one of the preparedness and prevention requirements at 40 CFR 265.33. This rule requires that all facility communications or alarm systems, fire protection equipment, spill control equipment, and decontamination equipment, where required, be tested and maintained as necessary to assure its proper operation in time of emergency. Although EPA specifies that this testing must be conducted, the agency does not specify a frequency.

The waste generator or TSD facility should determine this frequency based on recommendations from the equipment manufacturer, industry standards, and if applicable, OSHA standards.

To access 40 CFR 262, 264, 265, visit http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/cfr-retrieve.html#page1

Title: 40
Part: 26*
Section: 3*

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