Some organizations assign Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) hazardous waste compliance responsibilities to the occupational safety and health manager. Do you think this is a good idea? Why, or why not?
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It is my opinion that this is really dependent on how big the organization is. How managable is it for one person to be responsibile for all safety standards, trainings, incidents and procedures as well as EPA hazardous waste? At my organization I am responsible for both, but I have help. It makes sense to keep it under the same unbrella given that hazardous waste is defined as anything that has properties that make it dangerous or capable of harm to the environment or people. I can see why it should all be categoriezed together since it all falls under dangerous and hazardous substances. As my organization grows or if I switch over to solely sales, it will need to be split to two employees. It is a lot to manage and keep up with since safety has so many requirements.