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Painting Contractors:

Painting contractors don’t often consider themselves as generators of dangerous or hazardous wastes.  However, many paints today contain chemicals and additives that are regulated by the Department of Ecology, EPA and other local agencies. These paints, if not handled properly, can harm the surrounding environment and people.

What are the most common violations committed by painting contractors?

  • Disposing of rinse water directly into storm drains.
  • Disposing of rinse water onto soil at the job site.
  • Failing to identify and designate regulated chemicals in latex paints.

Often these violations occur without the knowledge of upper management.  However, ignorance is not a justifiable defense in the eyes of the Department of Ecology.  Even if your employees are incorrectly disposing of rinse water in violation of your procedures, you’re still responsible for their actions.