Labels for chemical and other hazardous substances in electronic workplaces are a must. After all, this is in adherence to the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Regulation. But what if the substance has been transferred to another container? Should you label the secondary containers, too?
Normally, secondary containers should always bear the WEEE identification labels. However, in some cases, you no longer need the labels for these additional containers. If you pour a chemical liquid, for instance, into a bucket and dilute it with water and then pour the solution into small bottles, you don’t have to label the bucket. However, you need to mark those small bottles. Going back to the buckets, as long as you’re only utilising a container temporarily and will clean it before disposing or using it for other purposes, WEEE labels are no longer necessary.
What if you’re going to use the bucket (cited as an example above) again for the same purpose until it is too dirty to re-use? Then, you have to label it appropriately. Even if you’ll use it for a minute or two each time you mix the solution, you need to mark it as it’s no longer considered “temporary” use.
Small Secondary Containers
It is easy to put labels on large equipment. But when you’re dealing with a secondary container that is somewhat small, there’s the challenge of putting an appropriate label that includes all the necessary information. Good thing, there are now companies that offer WEEE labels in a range of sizes.
Just like with any other industries, hazardous substances pose a lot of occupational risks to the electronic industry. It is essential that all these substances are labelled properly. In the case of secondary containers, apart from the abovementioned recommendations, follow this important rule: When you’re in doubt, just label it!