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Washington State Regulations for Mold Remediation and Painting Contractors.

Welcome to the Environix guide to environmental compliance for Washington mold remediation and painting contractors.  In the following pages you’ll find information on how to protect yourself and the environment from harmful disposal practices.

Washington State’s laws regulating water pollution and painting contractors are among the strictest in the nation.  Please make sure you are in compliance!

What are the repercussions of failing to follow the rules?

First, the rules are designed to protect the environment.  Failing to follow the rules means that you’re placing the wildlife and people around you in danger.  Second, the Department of Ecology is clamping down hard on violators, with fines of $10-$20,000 common for minor infractions.

Steps to bring your company into compliance:

 

First, you must designate your waste. This is the process of identifying if your business produces any regulated wastes.  Some wastes, such as lumber or nails, don’t require formal designation because their content is well known.  However, wastes such as paint, paint rinse water, cleaning agents, etc. all must be designated.  Remember though, designating your waste is only required if you actually generate a waste.  If the entire product, such as a battery, is installed at a customer’s home, waste was not generated.

 

Next, determine your generator status. Your generator status is primarily determined by the quantity of waste your company produces.  Most companies are categorized as a Medium or Small Quantity Generator.

 

Implement SOPs (standard operating procedures). Once you’ve identified your regulated wastes and your generators status, you’ll need a clear plan for meeting the regulations.  The Department of Ecology will look for written protocol for any employees handling dangerous wastes.

 

Report your waste generation. Depending upon your generator status, you’re required to report all regulated waste produced during the year.